Up until a few days ago, I had planned on writing a completely new piece to commemorate the return of Veterans Day; however, upon reviewing the short essay on this little-understood holiday that I first published last year, I have decided that I really don't have anything new to add to the sentiments already expressed herein.
November 11th: A Day of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
|World War I Memorial, on the National Mall, Washington D.C.|
|World War I Poster|
|General John J. Pershing, |
Commander, American Expeditionary Forces
|WWI Veteran at Armistice Day Commemoration|
A Brief History of this Special Day of Remembrance
After the guns became silent in 1918, many European countries came to commemorate November 11th as a day of remembrance and thanksgiving. In the British Commonwealth, the red Poppy became the symbol for the end of the First World War’s bloodshed and the advent of peace, and remains so to this day.
Across the Atlantic, American President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the national observance of the first Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. Seven years later, the U.S. Congress passed a concurrent resolution calling for the President to again declare a formal observance of November 11th as a day of remembrance for all those Americans who had fallen during the Great War. Finally, on 13 May, 1938, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation to make Armistice Day a legal holiday.
|The Desert View High School ROTC|
marches in the Tucson, Arizona
2007 Veterans Day Parade.