Did you ever stop and wonder HOW Veterans Day came about?
I have a huge soft spot for the military families, of those that sacrifice so much so we may enjoy the very freedoms we have today. The armed forces touches my life and family in more ways than one, and to those, I am grateful, I am honored, and I am blessed to know them.
Here is a brief history of how Veterans day comes about...with a little help from google!
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.
In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'"
As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans."
With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
So on this 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2010, I say Thank You.....Thank you to all the Veterans, my Veteran Family, My Veteran friends. I appreciate you, and I heart you in every way!
Now I was introduced to Bands For Arms they have some amazing bracelets, they are made from the actual uniforms that have been donated by Vets from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, They are available for purchase for yourself or just to have one sent over seas to an active Armed Forces member, Check it out, I have several coming my way! Or if you have old uniforms you'd like to donate, check out their website, they will tell you how!