Veterans Day

hall of mirrorsIt was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918. Armistice day was officially declared on that day November 11th, 1918 when the fighting ended at the close of WW1. It would take about 7 months till the Treaty Of Versailles officially ended “The Great War” on June 28th, 1919. That treaty was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

I have been to that Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. However, to be sure it was quite a number of years after the signing when I vacationed in Europe. It is an absolutely beautiful room in a magnificent Palace.

From Wikipedia and the internet: 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.” This was a day 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. Later that same year, on October 8th, 1954, the 34th President of the United States, who was a 5 star general in the army in WWII, and Supreme Commander of the allied forces in Europe, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated:Dwight_D._Eisenhower,_official_photo_portrait,_May_29,_1959

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.” President Eisenhower signed HR7786, and changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Happy veteran’s Day, and when you see a veteran, Thank him, or her. If that is you reading this, then Thank You

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