(Neb)-It's Veterans Day - Or At Least The Legal Holiday

Pauline Gross
November 12, 2017

Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938.

Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive. Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Over the years, the honoring of all veterans was included, and Congress changed the holiday's name to Veterans Day in 1954.

One year later, in November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

Trump, marking the holiday in Vietnam with many valiant Vietnam War veterans, noted that measures enacted recently are created to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, reform the VA appeals process and expand the GI Bill.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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There also is a chance of showers after 11 a.m., but forecasters believe not more than one-tenth of an inch is expected to fall. In Trenton, the morning temperature dropped to 21 degrees, breaking the city's decades-old low of 25 for November 11.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says that 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.

Originally, the holiday was called Armistice Day. The bill was meant to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the "recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises created to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations", and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day.

The "Salute our Heroes" festival is taking place this Saturday in downtown Topeka, and it's an opportunity to "join hands in the common purpose" and support local veterans. We also do so because it's right and appropriate to honor our veterans. It especially is a day to thank living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Although many of us will embrace the opportunity for a day off from work, it is incumbent to recall the meaning of the occasion and to honor the efforts of more than 20 million living Americans who have worn the uniform of the United States - including about 1.3 million active personnel and 800,000 reserves.

A visit to the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in the city park is another way to acknowledge Veterans Day. The moment usually begins at 11 a.m. and continues for two minutes in honor of deceased veterans.

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