Veterans Day

11 11 2017

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ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of inter national relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. – With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we re modeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. 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 nations.
WOODROW WILSON

A congressional act 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’.”

On June 1, 1954, Congress replaced “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

(All of the above from Wikipedia.)

“A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace …”

Isn’t that beautiful?

If every day were dedicated to the cause of world peace … in all places of our beloved world … what a place our world would be.

Thank you, veterans – including my dad, my grandpas, my uncle, my cousins – for your outstanding service to our country and to our world … in pursuit of the cause of peace.

What a place we love because of your commitment to the cause of world peace.

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5 responses

11 11 2017
Pat

Good thoughts to all Veterans this special day of peace. Wishing it could be truly peaceful around the world. Let us be at war.

11 11 2017
Maggie Frazier

Really beautiful address – do wish more of our representatives were of that mindset AND actually cared about this country and its people, mainly the young men & women that they send into harms way. Peace sure would be nice! (understatement)!

11 11 2017
Karen Schmiede

Best wishes to all Veterans. Thank you all for your service.

11 11 2017
Mom/Nancy

Thanks, Darlin’ !! Dad

11 11 2017
TJ

Thank YOU, Dad! 🙂

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