Today is Veterans day, the 97th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I, signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918. After four grueling years of intense conflict, The Great War had finally ended. The soldiers who were still alive and standing packed up and headed home.
A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919, the first Armistice Day, a national holiday that we now celebrate as Veterans Day.
"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," Wilson said.
Wilson’s vision for the holiday was for a day to observe and honor veterans of World War I with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. And on May 13, 1938, an act was approved that made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday. Though not six months later did World War II begin. According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, “Armistice day was 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.”
Now it’s your turn. Help Patriot Wood say “thank you” to all veterans who have fought for the United States by sharing these 15 quote images to the veterans in your community. Simply click each image to share on your Facebook profile.
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"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" – George Canning
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham
"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war." – Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." – Cynthia Ozick
“America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” – Steve Buyer
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." – Jose Narosky
“I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.” – James A. Autry
"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace." – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton
"Freedom is never free." – Author Unknown
“A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” – George William Curtis
Unlike Memorial Day, which honors the memories of soldiers who have died in battle, Veterans Day is a chance to acknowledge all veterans, surviving, deceased, active, and retired, who have fought for the United States of America.
Here at Patriot Wood, this holiday means something special because our Chief Craftsman, Art, and his wife Shawna, served in the United States Air Force together after the first Gulf War.
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