President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11th, 1919 and stated that, "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..."
On June 4th, 1926 Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared in part the following,
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...Then on May 13th, 1938, Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday. A day which we would dedicate to world peace. In June 1954, nine years after the end of World War II, a war which saw the largest gathering of United States military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines and Army Airmen in our country's history. The Act of 1938 was amended by removing the word Armistice and replacing it with Veterans and November 11th became the day in which all American military members would be honored.
The Veteran's in my family have served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Thank you to all Veterans, not just the ones in my family but to all former and current military members for your service and protecting our freedoms.
Top L-R: My Dad, W. R. Williams, Sr. - US Army, Korean War, Sr, My Uncle, W. H. Hoback, US Navy, WW II
Bottom L-R: My father in law, Henry C. Kogutkiewicz, US Army, WW II and my former father in law, Simeon L. Kitts, Jr. - US Army Air, WW II.
1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, History of Veterans Day (http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp) accessed on 31 October 2014
2. Veterans Day, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/Veterans_Day, accessed on 31 October 2014