The History of Veterans day

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Veterans Day is recognized by not only the American people but, also European nations as well. In the United States we celebrate Veterans Day every year on November 11. This day marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, a document that ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.      On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the war torn year of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Initiating the armistice negotiations on October fourth 1918, the Germans tested the value of peace felt by the U.S. government led by President Wilson. The Germans were willing to conclude a peace based upon Wilson’s famous Fourteen Points.

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The Armistice was signed by the following men:

France – Marshal Ferdinand Foch (overall commander,Allied armies).

General Weygand.

Britain – First Sea Lord Admiral Wemyss (in recognition of the fact that the Royal Navy blockade had forced the German surrender).

Germany – Matthias Erzeberger (on behalf of the SPD,the German Socialist Party,which had formed a government following the abdication of the Kaiser 9 November; the SPD headed the Weimar government after the war).

Count Alfred von Oberndorff (German Foreign Ministry).

Major-General Detlof von Winterfeldt (German army).

Captain Ernst Vanselow (German navy).

American’s saw the greatest efforts of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in World War Two from 1941 to 1945 with the most troops ever deployed in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); and over 5 million more served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.      The 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, in 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.      The Uniform Holidays Bill, was passed by congress to unsure three day weekends for current and future federal employees began in 1968, we have been enjoying three day weekends because of this bill.

 

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