Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour

NEW YORK  - NOVEMBER 11:  Participants in the ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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 original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An 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." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Today, This Day, please join me in remembering and honoring the men and women who have served and are serving in our armed forces. God bless each and every one of them and their families. All gave some...some gave all.

Peace and Joy,

Job 37:5-6 (NIV)5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 6 He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'

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Mildred said...

A lovely post Susan. Much gratitude to all of those who serve.

RCUBEs said...

I'm so grateful for the sacrifices they do to preserve our freedom. May God bless and protect our military people and everyone involved in keeping this nation safe. Blessings.

Deborah Ann said...

My son's in the Navy. Thank you for this very important post!

You're invited to join me:

for some laughs and 'God' times...

KrippledWarrior said...

I love the patriotic views of America's history. Thanks for pointing out that I forgot the "CHAIRFORCE". I corrected my unintentional oversight. Thank you for saying thank you...

Heart2Heart said...


Since I am such a huge history fan, I loved this post today! I too, and saying my prayers to all the men and women as well as their families that sacrifice their lives and time for all of us.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

christy rose said...

What a great post displaying the history and meaning of today's holiday. thank you for this post. Many have honored our veterans with their posts today, as you have. But, you have informed us all so well. Thank you for that!