Veterans Day History

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Veterans Day History

Saloni Kainth, Staff Writer

It is time to honor our military veterans! On Sunday, November 11, it will be time for us to honor our veterans with the respect they deserve for fighting in the armed forces for us. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919. It was the first anniversary at the end of World War l. Then, Congress passed a resolution in 1926 and November 11th became the national holiday in 1938.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first “Armistice Day.” He expressed his feelings of military veterans that fought in the war. In 1945, World War ll veteran Raymond Weeks requested that all veterans should be celebrated instead of just veterans that fought in the war. The first celebration was led by Weeks in 1947 in Alabama. He was then honored by President Weeks by receiving the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982. Weeks was the driving force for the national holiday and was called the “Father of Veterans Day.” This was then determined that Veterans Day would be celebrated on November 11 every year as a national holiday. On November 11, try to donate to a charity of your choice that supports military veterans. Our school will be donating to a charity on Friday, November 9th to support our veterans. So go out and support our veterans!

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