Friday, November 10, 2006
Veteran's Day 2006
Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day was created in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the 1 year Anniversary of the Armistice Agreement signed by the Allies & the German’s which ended World War I.
In Emporia, Kansas, on November 11, 1953, instead of an Armistice Day program, there was a Veterans' Day observance. Ed Rees, of Emporia, was so impressed that he introduced a bill into the House to change the name to Veterans' Day. After this passed, Mr. Rees wrote to all state governors and asked for their approval and cooperation in observing the changed holiday. The name was changed to Veterans' Day by Act of Congress on May 24, 1954. In October of that year, President Eisenhower called on all citizens to observe the day by remembering the sacrifices of all those who fought so gallantly, and through rededication to the task of promoting an enduring peace. The President referred to the change of name to Veterans' Day in honor of the servicemen of all America's wars.
Today most people treat Nov 11th as another day, those who work for various Government agencies etc have a day off for it but unfortunately many have no real idea what this day means and most have no real idea of who the veterans are in their community. Hopefully the new group of Vets from the GWOT can help change this over the next few years.
This Veterans day I must work but I will still keep my fellow vets in my thoughts. Please take a moment today to remember a vet and say Thank You. To my fellow Veterans I would like to offer a humble Thank You.