years ago, I wrote a post in recognition of Veteran’s Day, and the service personnel we as a nation honor on that day. In 2009, and again in 2015 when I reprised this post, Veterans Day fell on Wednesday. In 2018, this past Sunday was that day. Today, once again, as our nation continues to grapple with conflict overseas, I decided to edit/re-post the Edition of
It’s worth noting that while our fighting forces officially exited Iraq in December 2011, we still have military personnel fighting ISIL/ISIS there, and in Syria. We also still maintain forces, roughly 13,000 troops in Afghanistan (the other hotspot referenced in the initial post). In addition, for the record, we have a variety of personnel in Iran, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Yemen…lest you think the world is one big blissful, peaceful place.
I hope you enjoyed your day, and that you took an opportunity to reach out and thank a Veteran. Moreover, for my part, to all of you who are Veterans, “Thank you for your service.”
Many of you may know, or at least faintly recall that I frequently alter the blog format to integrate holiday traditions into the discussion. Often holidays are expanded by days away from work, long weekends, travel, and a host of leisure activities. In those cases, I prefer to scale back in recognition that aside from road map directions, GPS instructions, and the like, very little reading will be taking place.
As most know by now, this year marked the 100-year Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, AKA “The Great War,” and/or, “The War That Ended All Wars.” At first, it was known as Armistice Day. It later became known as Veterans Day. But what do we really know about this day that has been set aside to honor real heroes and sheroes?
Well, first, is not , and vice-versa. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is intended largely to honor veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. honors those veterans who died in the service of their country, particularly those killed in combat, or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
We also know that is a different kind of federal holiday. With the exception of , it falls on its actual date. In , approved the . This law, which took effect in , amended the observance of certain federal holidays so that , , , and would be observed on instead of fixed dates.
passed the to increase the number of three-day holiday weekend for federal employees. After a loud and persistent outcry from Veterans and Veterans’ groups, who argued the historical significance of November 11th was compromised by the change, observance was returned to in .
So how did this affinity for come about? As with many historical facts, it evolved. began as . The significance of is that it was the day of the signing of the that terminated . In effect, ended at the . That was when the signed the document, ending hostilities that had begun in . subsequently proclaimed the first , .
was deemed , and was thought by many, at the time, to be It was, as the numeric designation suggests, the . Of course, more wars would ensue. There was , later the , and then .
In , a storeowner in , launched an idea to , not just those who served in . The idea took root, sailed through Congress, and President signed it into law . amended the , changing to , and thus it has been ever since.
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