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Tuesday, November 10, 2015


The Armistice with Germany, ending World War I, official went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Going forward that day, November 11, would come to be known as Armistice Day, and would be a day set aside to honor our veterans who proudly served in the First World War.

Several years later, in 1945, following World War II, veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, came up with the idea to expand Armistice Day to honor all veterans, and not just those who served in World War I. Weeks first took his idea to General Dwight Eisenhower, who liked that plan. With that encouragement, Weeks worked tirelessly to bring his dream to fruition, and finally, in 1954, the bill establishing our current Veterans Day – honoring all veterans, was signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower.

My father was a veteran of World War II, and on this Veterans Day I’m remembering and honoring him and all of the men and women who have served our country.

***Who are the Veterans you are honoring today?

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