The end of World War I was marked by Germany signing the armistice (truce) at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, a holiday to remember the anniversary of the end of the Great War. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill that changed the name to Veteran’s Day so as to include veteran’s of WWII and the Korean War. It is still called Veteran’s Day today, and is used to honor all veterans past and present.
I’m working on a slide show for a Veteran’s Day celebration at a local nursing home. It’s titled “Pennsylvania Battlefields”, and covers my travels to Valley Forge, Gettysburg and Shanksville, site of the Flight 93 Memorial. While United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 was not a military engagement per se, the innocent passengers on that flight were all freedom lovers, fought for liberty, and served their country.
This composite of the American flag, Abraham Lincoln, and words from the Gettysburg Address is the final slide of my presentation. I think Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg are fitting for Valley Forge and Shanksville as well.
Thought for the Day: Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson