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Friday, November 11, 2005

VETERANS' Day- November 11th

It began after the First World War as Armistice Day. That was the day the truce was signed between all the warring nations, November 11 1918. As time went on, and after the end of another world war which consumed the planet the name "Armistice Day" was deemed inappropriate for the holiday in which new veterans of the latest war would be included in the honors. It was thought, at the time, they had no relation to the previous international conflict.

By May of 1954 the US Congress, in an official Act, changed the name of the observed holiday to remember and celebrate all veterans, thus the name VETERANS' Day.

President Woodrow Wilson, in his first Armistice Day Proclaimation of 1919, set the tone for how we should observe November 11:
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 nation.

There is no mention of special sales or bargain prices being offered by car dealerships or department stores or neighborhood restaurants.