Veterans Day, November 11, 2022 – Borough offices are closed on Thursday
Veterans Day is a national holiday set aside to honor America’s greatest heroes – our Veterans. Borough offices are closed in honor of our Veterans on Friday, November 11th.
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“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 the nations…”
President Woodrow Wilson, November 1919, proclaiming November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts
The above History of Veterans Day was originally obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs on November 7, 2014 and can be found at: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp