Sunday, November 11, 2012

Quotes of the Day - Happy Veteran's Day

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." ~ Cynthia Ozick

"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" ~ George Canning

On Veteran's Day, a special thank you to my father, brother and father-in-law who served and to ALL veterans who have purchased our freedom through their service and sacrifices - and to their families who supported them and went without their presence during their service so that we might all be free.

"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." ~ Jose Narosky

"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." ~ Author Unknown

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John F. Kennedy

The History of Veteran's Day from

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 legislation 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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