A Salute to Veterans on Veterans Day

| November 11, 2011

It’s Veterans Day and, despite our varied political opinions, today is a day to remember that our military is made up of our sons and daughters, dads and moms, and that sometimes they are doing incredibly difficult things in far away places. I’m glad mine are home safe after many deployments, and I hope yours are too, or will be very soon.

I want to mention 3 Tucson nonprofit organizations that I think are worthy of support. Honor Flight Arizona and Honor Flight Tucson fly WWII veterans, the few who remain, to Washington DC to visit the memorial that honors their historic conflict. Watch their touching video below. Esperanza En Escalante offers support and housing to homeless veterans, and Tucson Area Marine MomS is a support group for Marine moms that collect and send warm clothes and other needed items to deployed Marines.

 

Veterans Day history via military.com

November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day – the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’ As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

 

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on November 11.

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