Veterans Day

free-veterans-day1Today is Veterans Day. We offer our deepest thanks to those have served, who are serving, and who will serve. The brave men and women of our armed services risk their lives to keep us safe, and free. Today, thank a Veteran. Don’t worry about eloquence. There are no words sufficient to be worthy of the sacrifice of our Veterans and their families. Here is some background regarding the origins of Veterans Day.

From Wikipedia:

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

“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.”

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) 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’.”

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, 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 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. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

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Meet the candidates, tonight

Tuesday October 28, 2014.  7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Candidates Forum in New London. Candidates invited to participate are Executive Council Dist.1 (Joe Kenney, Michael Cryans), Senate Dist.8 ( Linda Tanner, Jerry Little), Merrimack Dist.4 (Tom Schamberg, Douglas Long), Merrimack Dist.5 (Karen Ebel, David Kidder) and Sullivan Dist.2 (Sue Gottling, Spec Bowers).Hosted and moderated by League of Women Voters of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area.  Whipple Hall, Main St.  New London, NH 03255

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