100 years ago today at the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month the Armistice was signed causing the cessation of fighting between the Allies and Germany. Armistice Day eventually became known as Veteran's Day, a day of celebration. We remember our dead and we also celebrate the living veterans in our communities. Please attend your local community Veteran's Day celebration.
Today I will share my Veteran's Day speech with you all.
Veteran's Day 2018
My name is Doug Dawes, Commander of the Georgetown Rene J Gagnon American Legion Post 211. Along with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7608 we welcome you this 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a day set aside to honor all veterans.
Many people ask what the difference is between Veteran’s Day & Memorial Day. Here’s the difference.
Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country.
Memorial Day is designated as a day of remembrance for those in our military who have died while defending this great nation during times of war.
And while we are here to honor all of those great men and women today, there is another that we usually don’t hear a lot about. These are veterans who have died for this country, long after they stopped wearing their military uniforms. Their service obligations may have expired, but their love of country endured.
Here’s a brief history of Veteran’s Day originally know as Armistice Day
November 11, 1918: To commemorate the ending of the "Great War" (World War I), an "unknown soldier" was buried in the highest place of honor in both England and France ( (in England, it was Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These ceremonies took place on November 11th, celebrating the ending of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). This day became known internationally as "Armistice Day".
In 1921, the United States of America followed France and England by laying to rest the remains of a World War I American soldier -- his name "known but to God" -- on a Virginia hillside overlooking the city of Washington DC and the Potomac River. This site became known as the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," and today is called the "Tomb of the Unknowns." Located in Arlington National Cemetery, the tomb symbolizes dignity and reverence for the American veteran.
In 1926, November 11th officially became known as Armistice Day through an act of Congress
In 1947, Raymond Weeks, of Birmingham Ala., organized a "Veterans Day" parade on November 11th to honor all of America's veterans for their loyal and dedicated service.
Shortly afterward, Congressman Edward H. Rees (Kansas) introduced legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veteran’s Day and called on Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
Here’s Information about VETERANS provided by the American Legion:
There are more than 1.2 million women in America today who have worn the uniform.
40,000 of America’s homeless population is a veteran, according to the Veterans Administration.
Nine-out-of-ten homeless veterans were honorably discharged and nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam War.
Fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the honorable title “U.S. military veteran,”
Veterans are often found providing vital services that enable our communities to function, services such as Law Enforcement officers, Firefighters, Teachers, Business Owners & Tradesmen to name a few. However, veterans work in all areas of the community, never forgetting the oath they took to serve their country and their communities.
Veterans take their responsibilities as citizens seriously.
During the 2008 presidential election, 71 percent of U.S. veterans cast ballots, compared with only 63 percent of nonveterans.
We must heed the words of our first Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington who said in 1798, “The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.”
Veterans are an extraordinary group of citizens. From their extraordinary accomplishments comes OUR extraordinary debt to them. For those accomplishments and for their dedication, we must always be grateful.
God bless you all for being here, God bless our veterans, God bless Georgetown, God bless Massachusetts and God bless America.