Veterans day, 2010…..

Veterans day. The day set aside to honor the men and women who have joined our armed forces in the past and the present, who have fought to preserve the freedoms that we hold dear. To the men and women who are fighting today, God Bless you all. To the soldiers of past wars, God bless you all too.

November the 11th, 2010. Veteran’s day. But where did this day come from? Why do we celebrate it? Here is the history of Veteran’s day and what it means to this country.

*The History of Veteran’s Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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 original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An 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.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

So, there you have it my friends. The story of how Veteran’s day came to be, and the reason why we celebrate it. In Remembrance of all the brave Soldiers who fought for this country and kept her people free through out the history of this nation. These are people that should never be forgotten. And this goes for the veterans of every war that this country has ever fought, and won……..or lost.

This blog, all of my friends, from Seane Anna, Edisto Joe, Angel, Douglas Gibbs of Politcal Pistachio, Loki of Halls of Vahalla, and all the others, wish everyonhe a happy, safe, and blessed Veterans day this year.

We also want to wish all the soldiers who are overseas, or who are training to go to war, to have a blessed and safe Veterans day. I hope that they know that we always will keep them all in our prayers so they can win their battles and come home safely, to a country that is still free because of their sacrifices. God Bless you all.

God Bless America, her troops, her allies and her people
God Bless my readers, my listeners on BTR and my viewers on You Tube….


* This was the History of Veterans day taken from the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs page at The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs

About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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2 Responses to Veterans day, 2010…..

  1. Seane-Anna says:

    Great history lesson, Robert! I knew that Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, but I didn’t know the other stuff. Thanks for sharing this important information with your readers. Our vets are the greatest and should be thanked and honored EVERY day. Still, it’s good that we have one day set aside to remind the American people who guarantees our freedoms and way of life: it’s all those fine young men and women who gave their fullest measure in defense of God, freedom, and country. God bless them all! Happy Veteran’s Day to all our vets, the people they protect, and the nation they serve!
    reply from Robert: I couldn’t have said it any better my friend. Go out and thank a vet for his/her service and tell them God Bless you.

  2. Edisto Joe says:

    We can’t thank them enough.
    Our veterans, past and present, are one of the greatest sources of inspiration this country has. They represent the best and truly deserve all we can give them… and more. Underpaid and over worked 24/7. Because of them we all sleep a little sounder each night and enjoy the freedoms this great country offers. I would also like to remind readers that many of our current group of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan were vets before their 20th birthday, my son who is currently serving in the USMC was 19 when he returned from his first deployment there. Now he is serving in Afghanistan and he and a group of fellow Marines just re-enlisted while in Marjah. They know the job isn’t done yet. This is seen through out our armed forces and to me is the greatest indicator that the future of our country will be in good hands. These men and women represent the best of America, as do all the veterans of past wars. God bless them all.

    Also, Happy 235th Birthday USMC. Semper Fi!
    reply from Robert: Great comment my friend. And next time you get to talk to your son, tell him that we all wish him safety and Blessings from God.

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