Veterans Day 2012
Traditionally, Veteran’s Day is always on the 11th of November which was yesterday. However, when the holiday falls on a Sunday, the federal holiday is the following Monday. Today WOMC is celebrating with a free lunch for military service members and their families at Andiamo Italia. I’d like to do my own salute to your family members by posting a gallery of their photos.
Veteran’s Day coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day November 11th 1919, saying:
“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.”
Congress amended the holiday on June 1st 1954, replacing Armistice Day with Veteran’s Day.
During a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, President Obama honored U.S. service members and pointed out fewer Americans are currently involved in conflicts.
Obama said, “This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting and dying in Iraq. Thirty-three thousand of our troops have now returned from Afghanistan, and the transition there is underway.”
The photo at the beginning of this post is my father, Sergeant Raymond M. Johnson. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII.