Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veteran's Day 2006

Today is November 11, 2006 - Veteran's Day.

Read this year's Presidential Veteran's Day Proclamation issued October 31, 2006.

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 , is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) 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." The 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Get a more detailed history of Veteran's Day from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs website.

Check out the Veteran's Day Poster Gallery with official Veteran's Day posters from 1978 through 2006.

1 comment:

  1. I thought you may like to read this speech that was given to over 250 veterans: