Friday, November 11, 2011

Remember Our Veterans

 Souvenir of the Great War - France

Surprising as it may seem, I am not old enough to have sons who fought in the First World War. These beautiful pillow covers were given to me by a friend, years ago. I thought I'd share them with you this morning as we honor our veterans.

another view

From The United States Department of Veteran Affairs:

'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.

...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.



Denise said...

Beautiful post, bless you.

laurie said...

I have one of those! But wear is it? I'll have to go dig it out!

Marti said...

Enjoyed the pictures of remembrance.

Carla from The River said...

I love your post. God Bless our military.

Tiffanee said...

Love this post! I am also so thankful for our men and women who serve our country!! Love those pillow covers.

Rebecca said...

These are really quite amazing - beautiful and deeply significant at the same time! You are blessed to have them.


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