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This year, there is a new twist on Veterans Day. One that will only happen once in a lifetime, unless you live more than 100 years. Veterans Day this year will fall on 11-11-11. And, you guessed it, Ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will start at 11 am.


From a Retired Army Veteran to all my fellow Soldiers (past, present and future): THANK YOU!!!



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History of Veterans Day (courtesy of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs)


World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treat 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 the hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 am, 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 Armistcie 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 of observance with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 am.


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


             Whereas 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 legislature 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 in 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 against aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the words "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 assiste the National Committee in every way possible."



President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.


On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veteran's Affairs, disgnating 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 Veteran's Affairs has served as the committee's chariman.


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 urpose 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.


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To all of the veterans who have served for this great Country of ours, we offer our thanks for you service (past, present and future).  You are the ones that have enabled America to be the wonderful Country that it is today.

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To all my fellow veteran's, past, present and future, a thanks is never enough for all you've done, but a thanks is never forgotten by those who receive it.  Such a small gesture that goes such a long way.  You will always be remembered.


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A heartfelt "thank you" to all of the veterans who served before me, those who served with me, those serving now and those of you to come. Taking a vacation day to go to one of the local cemetaries to place American flags on the graves of veterans; it's an honor and privilege to do so, and I always do this on Veterans' Day and Independence Day as my personal way of celebrating those days.

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To all my fellow veterans, those serving now and those to come, Stand Proud.  All the nutcases who seem to be trying to destroy our country would not have the freedom to do so if not for those who serve.  Thank you.

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In Honor of All Who Are Serving, Have Served, or Gave Their Lives So We May Live Free, We Give You Thanks From Our Hearts. 


 


                       


 


                                                                 


 


 


                                                            


 


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 Thank you to all veterans who currently serve or served in the past and those who paid the ultimate price. 


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To all my fellow veterans, thank you for your service, your sacrifices to this great country will never be forgotten.


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what defines a hero?


Is it the young boy shipped off to war that longs for his family and familiar surroundings?


Is it the old man crippled in the hospital bed from his past services to a country that has failed him and taken his benefits?


Is it the ones that jump out of the planes, run through the battle fields and give second thoughts to loosing their own life to save and protect a strangers freedom?


Is it the ones that lay sleeping in eternal rest with the flag draped caskets .....


the price each of our veterans pay is priceless the sacrifices that they give  can never be given back the price they pay is a debt that can never be repaid... I am so humble to those that do this job for me that protect my rights and defend the country where I live to ensure it is safe for myself and my family...... May God place each of where only his grace will protect you ! THANK YOU!!


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I've seen several quite moving pictures over the years... This one I drew and made myself!


Thank you! To all our Troops! Past, Present & Future!


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To all my fellow veterans, thank you for your service. It is you who make the country great and free.


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Very Nice, Dara!!!  Thanx!!!


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Thank you 36TR!!

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A heartfelt thank you to all our military, past and present,  thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in our great country because of your sacrifice.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone who has served this fine country. We would not be where we are today with our freedom without your courage and sacrifices. God bless each and everyone, who are serving now or served in the past. We are proud of you!

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To all those that serve presently and to those who served in the passed, I salute you and you family for the sacrifices you have given! This will be a new veterns day for me, my Hero passed, he was the one that showed what it was to sacrifices for others and the cost, that was my dad. 21 yrs in the US Army, 18 mons in Vietnam.

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Ther is no was to say the THANK YOU that I realy feel for all the veterans Past, Present, and Future.  Be happy up there DAD, I love you!!!

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