Talk:Veterans Day

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Semi-protected edit request on 11 November 2014[edit]

The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954. Congressman Rees of Kansas recieved the first National Veterans Award in Birmingham, Alabama for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday. RevRobtheRR (talk) 20:33, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

That's it! Received is the correct spelling...

Yes check.svg Done Cannolis (talk) 20:49, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Idea that Wilson declared a first Armistice Day in November 1919 "proclamation" is mostly a myth.[edit]

According to a New York Times article published on 8 November 1919 entitled "President Prepares a message to the People for Armistice Day", "President Wilson today wrote a message to the American People which will be made public on Armistice Day, Nov. 11." Other contemporaneous and official sources call this same statement a "greeting" or an "address". Even though Wilson routinely issued "proclamations", this was not one of them.


Compare the "Mother's Day" Proclamation of 1914 and its unambiguous formality and intent:

Obviously, one way or another, the notion of "Armistice Day" was already well-established before the Wilson's message, since the message itself and the pre-message press refer to it simply and casually as "Armistice Day". Furthermore his "message" or "address" was not only not a formal proclamation but it did not in any way "declare" or propose to create any holiday or new day of remembrance but simply speaks about the one year anniversary of the cessation of hostilities and what the occasion already known as "Armistice Day" means to Americas. The full test of the address demonstrates this:

   "ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN     The White House, November 11, 1919.   A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of inter national relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. - With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we re modeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. 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 nations. WOODROW WILSON."

Thus the purported "Proclamation" of Armistice Day by Wilson in 1919 is essentially a myth.

00:03, 12 November 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Criticality (talkcontribs)