The history of Veterans Day

SA to mark Veterans Day with ceremonies, concerts, parade

Ask a veteran of the first Gulf War about the outpouring of gratitude from Kuwaitis when America liberated their country from the grip of Saddam Hussein. It was designated to commemorate the armistice, or suspension of fighting, between the Germans and Allies in World War I on November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

World War I was often referred to as the "war to end all wars", and World War II proved how naïve that declaration was.

A year after the ceasefire agreement was signed, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919: "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 ..." Once known as Armistice Day, and now Veterans Day, the national holiday honors veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

Today represents Americans' opportunity - and, indeed, our duty - to stand and salute those who have served in this nation's military. Only two decades after the first Armistice Day, the German invasion of Poland started a Second World War that quickly engulfed the planet in even more vicious conflict than the first. A war that had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history. Congress made it a legal holiday in 1938.

Appropriately enough, President Donald J. Trump today highlights the selflessness, sacrifice and noble ideals of America's current and former servicemen and women in his 2017 Veterans Day message to the nation.

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This year's Veterans Day programs in this area began yesterday with one put on by the Hay Springs schools and the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center. Our support and appreciation for our veterans needs to extend beyond the weekend's observances. This led to the "Veterans Day Proclamation" issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower four months later: "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common objective".

Help by supporting local veterans organizations, which provide tremendous support for and advocacy on behalf of veterans. We also do so because it's right and appropriate to honor our veterans.

All of that is significant as we acknowledge Veterans Day and offer thanks for the people who have selflessly served in the United States military. They'll be enjoying the spectacle or taking part in the parade itself.

Some people participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country.

The next development in the story of Veterans Day unfolded in 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which sought to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees-and encourage tourism and travel-by celebrating four national holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) on Mondays.

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