Sunday, November 11, 2012


In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a resolution on June 4, 1926, stating:
"Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."

Harry S. Truman proclaiming Armistice Day in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War II and  proclaiming Armistice Day in 1946 as a way for the country to be  "honoring their fellow countrymen who fought across the seas, and by renewing their determination and their efforts to establish a lasting peace"

Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaiming that Armistice Day would henceforth be know as Veterans Day in 1954.

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