Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
|U.S. Army Private Bill 1965|
President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American Wars.
As of 2016, there are 18.5 million veterans living in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. A large proportion of the veteran population, 9.2 million, are aged 65 and older, while 1.6 million are younger than 35.
Odds are that someone in your life has served the military, and my someone is my dear husband, Bill. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1965-1968, with most of his service time in Bamberg, Germany, ending in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as Sgt. E5, Machine Gun Instructor.
|Sgt. Bamberg, Germany, Sept., 1965|
|Sgt. E5, Machine Gun Instructor Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. 1968|
Many thanks to Bill and all veterans across the country, who served in defense of our great country, protecting our freedom. God Bless you all…