Veterans Day 2011

By
Managing Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty

My Dad spent months at a time on a submarine during WWII.   His brother was in the Baatan Death March in the Phillipines.  Our family has great respect and gratitude for military service past, present and future.  Today - I thought we would share a little history of the celebration of Veterans Day.......quoted from the army.mil website.

Military

While many realize that VeteransDay, which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans, few realize the historical significance behind the day.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.

In 1919, President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these 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..."

The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day.

In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all.

However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just those of World War I.

In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all Veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance.

Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday which many cities celebrate with parades and ceremonies.

In Washington, D.C., there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today.

Americans are encouraged to say thank you to those who fulfill this patriotic duty to maintain the freedoms of our country.

Posted by

Ann Gioe, CRP

Managing Director

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty

Relocation Department

 

 agioe@BHHSIN.com

317-913-2803

Comments (2)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Coming from a family full of veterans I did know the history of the day, but am happy to read a post about it.  I was totally offended when I heard a commercial last night with "Veterans Day Sale". 

Nov 11, 2011 06:18 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Thank you to all Veterans past, present and future for all the freedom you have given me and my family. We will never forget and we should thank them everyday, not just one day a year.

 

Nov 12, 2011 03:44 AM