Thank a veteran
Something I learned last week is that when the holiday is termed Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements – both are incorrect – according to the U.S. government which declared that veterans is attributive (word that modifies a noun) and not possessive.
Last weekend, our small town of 500+ celebrated Veterans Day with an annual celebration and parade. There was a Coast Guard color guard, scout troops, a high school marching band . . .
Fire companies from neighboring towns joined in the parade.
Many antique cars were in the parade line-up.
After the parade, town residents were invited to the local fire department for hot dogs and chili and an awards ceremony to honor area veterans. The historic Onley train station held an open house the same day.
Veterans Day has undergone many changes since 1918.
- In 1938, November 11 was designated as a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
- In 1954, Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day to honor those who served in World War II and Korea.
- In 1969, The Uniform Holiday Bill was signed to increase the number of 3-day ensure holiday weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. However, many states continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.
- In 1971, the first Veterans Day under the new law was observed on October 25 and met with objection by veterans groups and the general public.
- In 1975, a law was signed returning the annual observance to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.
Thanks to Veterans – Everywhere