Happy Veterans Day everyone. This is the day we salute those that are serving and have served. First a shout out to my family members that served. Thank you to my Dad, my Uncle Jim, Uncle Bill and my Mom’s brother, my Uncle Jim. (Two uncles, both named Jim!). God bless!
My Mom’s brother Jim is a retired career Marine.
I feel so blessed to have such strong military ties in my family. I am grateful for their bravery and their service.
A little history lesson:
Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. Congress passed the concurrent resolution seven years later on 06/04/26 asking President Coolidge to issue another proclamation to observe this day with proper ceremonies. A Congressional Act that was approved on 05/13/38 made November 11th of each year a legal holiday. It is “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day'”.
In 1945, WW2 Veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand this day to celebrate ALL veterans, not just those who died in WW1. Mr. Weeks led a delegation to General Eisenhower. The General supported the idea, and Mr. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama (his home state) and annually until he passed in 1985. Mr. Weeks was honored by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 for being the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole labeled him the “Father of Veterans Day”.
US Representative Ed Rees of Kansas presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on 05/26/54. On 06/01/54, Congress amended the bill to replace “Armistice” with “Veterans”. It has been known as Veterans Day since. Congressman Reed received the first National Veterans Award for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday.
My thanks to Wikipedia for this information!
The stone pictured above is placed at The Highground in Neillsville, WI. I hope to do several posts regarding The Highground soon.
Please be sure to thank any service member you meet. We have so much to thank them for.
God bless our military.