Ways To Thank A Veteran Today Or Any DayPosted: November 11, 2013
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
“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 United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional 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’.”
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
World Peace. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Please thank a Veteran today – or any day – you don’t have to look too hard to find one. A heartfelt “thank you” and handshake or pat on the back will make you both feel good.
Vets from the past and
the present and
the future have worked and will continue to work to protect us all. I personally thank you all for your service.
The retail world is thanking you too! Here are some ways they are saying thank you.
Throughout today, The Battleship New Jersey is offering veterans a free self-guided tour of the battleship, which will be open for walk-up tours from 9:30 a.m. with the last tour of the day departing at 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
Murphy Jewelers is thanking all veterans, past and present, for their service, their commitment, & their sacrifice.
They invite all Military Personnel to save 20% off this week at any Murphy Jewelers location. Click here for more information.
Click here for more information or to print the flyer.
Click here for more information from Applebees.
Click here for more information about Chili’s offer!
For more information on this year-long discount, click here.