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Veterans Day from the Beginning

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY—For the most part, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t respect the valor and patriotism of our US Veterans, yet many do not know how the actual day of commemoration came about.

Of course, we know how valuable our Vets and soldiers are, but how did Veterans Day come to be what it is today?

The origins of Veterans Day can be traced all the way back to November 11, 1919, which was shortly after the Treaty of Versailles was signed between the United States of America, its allies, and Germany. It was during this time of relative peace that President Woodrow Wilson created what was known as Armistice Day in order to commemorate the ending of the war as well as to honor all those brave soldiers who had served in it.

However, the holiday was as not recognized on a federal and/or national level until two years later when the United States Congress allowed the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On this day it was declared that the holiday would celebrate all soldiers who served their country, not just those who served in WWI.

After several years, the holiday further evolved. In 1954, after the Korean War—or “The Forgotten War”—President Dwight Eisenhower officially decided that the name of the holiday should be changed to what we know it as today: Veterans Day. Along with the change in “official” names, Eisenhower also made it clear that the holiday would celebrate any and all soldiers that served in any branch of the United States Military.  

Today, the western Kentucky region is literally filled with individuals that have bravely served in branches of the US military, fighting for what they believed in, for the freedom that we all enjoy today. iSurf News would like to thank all the local veterans. Your hard work, your sacrifices, and your patriotism are noted and much appreciated. Veterans, we salute you.

To view an article on this year's 46th Annual Veterans Parade, which includes a slide-show with over 70 pictures, click the following iSurf News link: 46th Annual Veterans Parade.

Luke Short
iSurf News

 

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