The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
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, andWhy did I take the time and effort to copy all of this into the blog? Mainly, because I didn't know this history. I had only a vague idea of it. What I do know is that I honor our armed forces, I honor the men and women who serve and fight to protect our freedoms, our way of life.
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.
As I've written in earlier posts, I came of age during the Viet Nam era. It was not popular then to champion the military nor to revere those who served ... and, in some cases ... died so bravely so that the rest of us could sleep peacefully in the comfort of our own homes, our own beds. My heart ached for those men and women who returned to an ungrateful nation. My heart still aches when I witness the lack of respect given to our veterans and their families. More than anyone, they deserve our gratitude, our respect, our reverence.
This I know for sure: those who fight to protect us do so at the risk of their own lives. Only recently, a young Navy SEAL paid the ultimate price in trying to protect an American ambassador. These men and women are true heroes and heroines, more so than any found in books.