Veterans Day 2009 – 11 November

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by Cheryl Dyson

On Veterans Day we honor all,

Who answered to a service call.

Soldiers young, and soldiers old,

Fought for freedom, brave and bold.

Some have lived, while others died,

And all of them deserve our pride.

We’re proud of all the soldiers who,

Kept thinking of red, white and blue.

They fought for us and all our rights,

They fought through many days and nights.

And though we may not know each name,

We thank ALL veterans just the same.

Veterans Day is celebrated on 11 November, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The main hostilities of World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) dated 13th May, 1938, made the 11th of November “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”  Congress modified this act in 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans”.  In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October, and in 1978 it was moved back to the 11th of November.

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