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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 0f 1918, an armistice, or temporary halt of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. This was called Armistice Day the following year of 1920. In 1938, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the US. In the aftermath of WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans' Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

The American effort in WWII (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines (more than 16 million people). Over 5.7 million people served in the Korean War (1950-1953). In 1954 after much lobbying by the veterans' service organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the 1938 act, replacing the word "Armistice" with "Veterans". The bill was signed June 1, 1954 by then President Eisenhower.

 

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In 1975, the President Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978. If it falls on a Saturday or Sunday the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday.

In the US there is an official wreath-laying ceremony held each Veterans' Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and celebrations are held in many states around the country. Memorial Day (the 4th Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of an injury incurred during battle. Veterans' Day pays tribute to ALL American veterans living or dead, but especially gives thanks to those living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

I tried to add some Youtube links on vterans day, but when I loaded the page it would not allow them to be viwed on this web page. Please go to www.youtube.com and in the search area type in veterans day. There are some really great Youtube videos on the history of Veterans' Day and on celebrations.

 

 

The Noble and the Brave: A Veteran's Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.

They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.

They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.

Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.

We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.

So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

By Joanna Fuchs

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We at b-29.org would like to thank all of the service members and their families for the sacrifices they made on keeping America the beacon of hope to the world that it has become. - Sallyann