In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
"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…"
An Act 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."
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 our history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans”.
November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
This year, my K.I.S.S.quilt guild gave
469 Stockings to the USO,
(the toy kind, not the fabric circles)
and $100 cash to help with postage
for the many boxes that will be shipped to Afghanistan.
The USO folks were very excited to fill the stockings and pack their boxes.
I am sure the soldiers who open those boxes will know that someone cares
for them and all they do for our country.
Ms. C. & I made at least 20 of those stockings!
Like anything, the first one she made was difficult for her
but after she mastered it, she asked again & again if she
could make more for the soldiers.
You know that made me smile!
I hope you find a way to
say “Thank you” to a Veteran today.
I’m taking mine out to breakfast!
Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House.
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