Today, Friday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day but besides heading up to the mall for all of the sales, here are a five things that you might like to know about the holiday.
Keep in mind that all banks are closed in observance so you will have to wait to deposit your paycheck until Monday or maybe not if have it electronically deposited.
According to resident Jerry McCloskey, a former Lt. (JG) in the U.S. Navy and who served two years aboard a Navy ship in the Pacific theater at the tail end of the Vietnam War, "I think we need to honor those who have served our country selflessly and show our appreciation because sometimes, we forget what they have done for us."
He said he regularly flies the U.S. flag at his house, and believes it is more important than ever to honor or veterans today. "So many of them are dieing off at an alarming rate."
The following information comes directly from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site.
1. "World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. 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.' ”
2. "In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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 and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…'"
3. "The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m."
4. "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." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, 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."
5. "Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good."