Veterans Day 2015
Veterans Day 2015
11 November 2015;
the day that the United States of America
recognizes as a Federal Holiday,
otherwise known as
It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day
or Remembrance Day,
which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice
that ended World War I.
*Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918
with the German signing of the Armistice.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed
Armistice Day for November 11, 1919.
In proclaiming the holiday, he said;
"To us in America,
the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride
in the heroism of those who died in the country's service
and with gratitude for the victory,
both because of the thing from which it has freed us and
because of the opportunity it has given America
to show her sympathy with peace and justice
in the councils of the nations."
The United States Congress passed
a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue
another proclamation to observe November 11
with appropriate ceremonies.
A Congressional Act
(52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a)
approved May 13, 1938,
made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday:
"a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
WWII veteran Raymond Weeks
from Birmingham, Alabama,
had the idea to expand Armistice Day
to celebrate all veterans,
not just those who died in World War I.
Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower,
who supported the idea of National Veterans Day.
Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947
in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.
President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House
with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982
as the driving force for the national holiday.
who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress.
President Dwight Eisenhower,
also from Kansas,
signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954,
replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans,"
and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
The National Veterans Award,
created in 1954,
also started in Birmingham.
Congressman Rees of Kansas was honored
in Alabama as the first recipient of the award for
his support offering legislation to make
Veterans Day a federal holiday,
which marked nine years of effort by Raymond Weeks.
Weeks conceived the idea in 1945,
petitioned Gen. Eisenhower in 1946,
and led the first Veterans Day celebration in 1947
(keeping the official name Armistice Day
until Veterans Day was legal in 1954).
Although originally scheduled for celebration
on November 11 of every year,
starting in 1971 in accordance with
the Uniform Monday Holiday Act,
Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October.
it was moved back to its original celebration
on November 11.
*the above info was 'borrowed' from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
**men from our U.S. Armed Forces
taking a much needed break from their daily duties...
Parody of "Call Me Maybe"...
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return home safely to their loved ones very soon...