The origins of Veterans Day

Veterans Day honors the service of all U.S. military veterans and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. U.S.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for Nov. 11, 1919. Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926 requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, designated Nov. 11 as a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to meet with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.

Veterans Day is being celebrated on Nov. 11, so what will be your contribution to the effort of world peace? Will you go out of your way to be nice to someone who has not been nice to you? How about saying “Hello” to every person you meet, just to let them know you care? Will you be teaching any of this to your children?

A heartfelt thank you to all veterans and have a great Veterans Day!

Over the fence

Thurman Town Offices will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

Thurman residents should be aware that the Town Hall has new hours for the food pantry: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, and on all other weeks, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

If you have been having a difficult time getting your trash to the Thurman transfer station, Jim Desourdy will take it there for $5 per week, or as needed for $5 per pickup. Jim routinely runs his trash collection route every Saturday starting at 9 a.m.. To reach him, call 623-4254.

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