Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Today is 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…"
 In 1954 Congress changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Please celebrate Veterans Day today by flying our flag, thanking a veteran, or flipping off an obama supporter...


Toejam said...

God Bless those brave Americans who put themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens of the greatest country on earth.

To all who served America in peace or war I'd like to post a paragraph out of General Douglas MacArthur's speech he made to the Corps of Cadets at West Point in 1962.

""Duty, Honor, Country" — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."


CenTexTim said...

Well said, Toejam.

"Duty, Honor, Country" - obama is 0 for 3.

Old NFO said...

Thank you Tim.

CenTexTim said...

Thank you, Sir!