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A special day for our veterans

Published 11:56pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Armistice Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the purpose for these days seem to confuse many Americans.

Armistice Day and Veterans Day are essentially the same. Armistice Day became a legal holiday in 1938 to honor the end of World War I and the men and women who served.

However, in 1954 after World War II and the KoreanWar,Congress changed the original wording in the legislation from “Armistice” to “Veterans.” Therefore, Nov. 11 officially became known as “Veterans Day.”

In 1968, Congress, in an effort to give federal employees an extra 3-day weekend, changed Veterans Day to the last Monday in October. Many veterans’ organizations did not like this and in 1975 Veterans Day was returned to Nov. 11.

What is the distinction between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Memorial Day is to honor veterans who died in service to their country either during battle or as a result of injuries that occurred during battle. Although deceased veterans are remembered on Veterans Day, it is primarily to honor living veterans.

Here are some additional facts about Veterans Day. In other countries, Veterans Day is called Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. The song, “God Bless America” was first sung by Kate Smith in 1938 on Veterans Day at the New York World’s Fair. The Veterans Administration motto, “to care for him (any veteran) who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan” is a quote from President Abraham Lincoln. There were 48 stars on the American flag when Veterans Day became a national holiday. (Beckett, 2009)

A quote from my Daddy sums it quite well, “A debt of eternal gratitude is owed to veterans, past, present and future by we, the citizens, of this great country, and thus we honor you on this Veterans Day.” – Lawrence Tillmon


  • TetVet68

    Remember Pearl Harbor — Keep America Alert!

    (Now deceased) America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, “The Day of Infamy”, Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

    (Now deceased) ‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

    Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates:

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