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To ALL Military Veterans, Past and Present:


Happy Veterans Day!!!



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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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Military Memorial Markers for my Grandfather, My Father and three of my Uncles. Representing 3 wars: World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict.


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Happy Veterans Day to all the vets out there!


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 Happy Veteran's Day to all the vets out there. Thank you for your service. 


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Happy veterans Day to all my fellow vets.

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Happy Veterans Day! Thank You for your Service, Godspeed!


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To my veteran brothers and sisters enjoy today and thank all for your service


 

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Thanks for this post, Tim.


Here is something by way of a learning experience. You may have heard the phrase "Thank you for your service" used when greeting a veteran. I spent some time this week talking at length to a Marine veteran advocate in our county who was an Afganistan. I asked him about this greeting. This is what he explained to me.


The "Thank you for your service" greeting is now a universal greeting for all service members. Whether your were deployed abroad or on CONUS, in whatever assignment, "Thank you for your service" is appropriate. It is now growing into a greeting for law enforcement and fire fighters as well. It is also a way to make up ground for those who served in Vietnam.


The "Welcome Home" greeting is generally reserved for those whose overseas deployment is known. Both greetings are appropriate for anyone who served or is serving in the Middle East.


When we departed, he shook my hand and said "Welcome Home". 


He remembered, .... and I felt honored.


Best,


The Sarge


'73 WESTPAC, Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Thank you all. I can't properly convey my gratitude here, but I do want to say this: God bless you all, and this country, and Happy Veteran's Day. I wish that I could tell my uncle how much I would liked to have met him and what it means to me to have him to look up to, even though he's not here. He was a Marine who passed in the bombing of the barracks housing American soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon in '83, before I was even born. I am proud to have someone so courageous in my family. Anyway, my prayers are with all those who have served and are serving.



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May God bless all of you.  Thank you for your service and where applicable Welcome home.


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Thanks for this post, Tim.


Here is something by way of a learning experience. You may have heard the phrase "Thank you for your service" used when greeting a veteran. I spent some time this week talking at length to a Marine veteran advocate in our county who was an Afganistan. I asked him about this greeting. This is what he explained to me.


The "Thank you for your service" greeting is now a universal greeting for all service members. Whether your were deployed abroad or on CONUS, in whatever assignment, "Thank you for your service" is appropriate. It is now growing into a greeting for law enforcement and fire fighters as well. It is also a way to make up ground for those who served in Vietnam.


The "Welcome Home" greeting is generally reserved for those whose overseas deployment is known. Both greetings are appropriate for anyone who served or is serving in the Middle East.


When we departed, he shook my hand and said "Welcome Home". 


He remembered, .... and I felt honored.


Best,


The Sarge


'73 WESTPAC, Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam


  



Huge Bump, Sarge!!!  And, Welcome Home!!!


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 Happy Veterans Day to all who served, past and present.  

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Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country!!

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Thanks to members past/present.

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THANKYOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!  HAPPY VETERANS DAY !!!!!

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A Big Thank you to all who served in the military and sacrified for our freedoms that so many take for granted. God Bless and stay safe.


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 11-12-13


The day is done, taps has been sounded and most have have been warmly tucked to sleep.


And yet, there are the vigilant who work through the night. Military personnel and law enforcement personnel.


The global night watchmen.


Sleep well, America. In spite of a frayed government, there are warriors who stand in the gap.


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Thanks, Tim, for you consistent inspirational persona. Your dad would be proud.


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