U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"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 United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional 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'."
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.
Thank a vet today if you get a chance. They earned it. Yes I know it's our fault for all the little crybabies tearing up other peoples shit. Our Armes Services did/do indeed provide them with the freedom to protest. It's built in to our system. Try to overlook that little part and thank a Vet anyway.
But heads up kids, just because you're mad at the grownups does not give you a pass to hurt other people or damages anything that doe not belong to you. You may think that all public buildings belong to you because you are the public. But until you start paying taxes you are not really the public and a piece of the building is mine.
The grownups sat back for 8 years and let you have your way and you proved it was a tad more than you can handle. We let you get away with some mighty nasty name calling and all sorts of other shenanigans, as children are apt to, but as of Tuesday we stepped up and took away your dolly. I know protests were held four years ago too. But none of the grown ups broke anything or blocked a freeway or did anything dumb. That't the difference. Enough with the tantrum, time to leave the playground and get back in class before someone looses an eye.
See y'all tomorrow at the Civic Club's Thanksgiving Feast!!
U.S. Navy 1972-1976
2 Med cruises' and 1 WESPAC
The most fun I've had with my clothes on!