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Happy Veterans Day .... and Thank You.

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Scarlett O., Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Well-Known Member
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    May 22, 2002
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    Happy Veterans Day!


    We appreciate you all - no matter where you served, how long you served, how you served, or when you served.

    You are appreciated so very, very much. :flower:
  2. shodan

    shodan Member
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    Mar 19, 2005
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    Note on the History of Veterans/Armistice Day

    Here is a note on the history of Veterans Day, which orginally was Armistice Day, marking the end of WWI.
    [From my book on the Christmas truce]

    By October of 1918, everywhere, hopes were rising
    for an armistice. In the first week, Austria-Hungary
    and Germany had sent notes to the United States,
    seeking an armistice based on President Woodrow
    Wilson's “Fourteen Points.”
    Armistice: The Ending of Hostilities
    On 11 November, the warring parties signed the armistice,
    bringing that great bloodbath to an end.
    Only those who suffered through those cataclysmic
    events truly understood the meaning of that day.
    On the Continent, Russia and Germany had each
    seen 1.7 million of their own soldiers slaughtered.
    Between them, some 9 million were wounded.
    France saw 1.3 million of its soldiers sacrificed, and
    over 4 million wounded. Austria-Hungary suffered
    about the same number of tragic loses.
    Great Britain mourned almost a million soldiers and
    twice that number suffered wounds.
    The United States, which had only been in the war
    for a year and some months (but a very long year for
    those military men), saw over 100,000 of its own men
    killed and over a quarter million wounded.
    The deep meaning of that armistice remained in the
    minds of World War I veterans a half century later
    when the U.S. Congress, in one of its clueless moves,
    changed the observance of the federal holiday from
    November 11th to a certain Monday of October. Memorial
    Day, Veterans Day and Washington's Birthday
    were all moved on the calendar in order to create
    three-day federal holiday weekends.
    Because of the war that had followed that “War to
    End All Wars,” President Eisenhower had signed a
    law that broadened the meaning of “Armistice Day”
    by making it “Veterans Day” in 1954. But in the
    minds of the World War I generation, the memory of
    that armistice still held sway.
    Oh Holy Night
    So, in the late 1960s when Congress changed the
    date, I can still remember my grandmother adamantly
    asserting that Armistice Day was November 11th,
    NOT the fourth Monday of October. The thousands
    of soldiers who, like my grandfather, had served in
    France and other lands would not hear of such a
    So, South Dakota and Mississippi refused to follow
    the federal lead. And one by one, the other states began
    reverting back to the November 11th observance.
    And the politicians received an earful. The World War
    I generation was still alive and well; remembering
    and speaking up. They again took back lost ground.
    The end result was that one decade after changing
    the date, Congress, in 1978, restored the observance
    to November 11th.
    The height and depth of the longing for an end to
    that bloody war was revealed in the celebrations that
    broke out on November 7, 1918. Following a reply to
    the German government from President Wilson, on
    that date, the Chief of Staff of the German Army, von
    Hindenburg, sent a telegram to the Allied Supreme
    Commander seeking a date for negotiating that armistice.
    A mistaken news report declared that the
    armistice had been signed. And despite all attempts
    by capitols and headquarters to correct the mistake,
    celebrations broke out around the world.
    Newspaper “Extras” proclaimed “Peace.” Workers and
    students poured into the streets with whistles and
    bells and anything that could make noise. Church
    bells pealed. Parades processed. Jubilation went unquenched.
    And it started all over again, four days later,
    on the 11th of November.
  3. ktn4eg

    ktn4eg New Member

    Nov 19, 2004
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    I was proud to serve.

    USAF & TN Air National Guard (retired)