As it is still occasionally acknowledge; “Freedom isn’t free”! Freedom and
And whether you call this day: Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day, the purpose is still the same it remains: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and
Whereas in the intervening years the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and
Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351), that the eleventh of November should be a legal holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and
Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day:
Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the
I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the
In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the
Done at the City of
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Included is an excerpt from a letter my Uncle wrote to his brothers and sisters at home just after the battle of
On this page he is mentioning the boys and officers recently killed in action.
Also mentioned elsewhere in the letter, was my dad who was flying a SBD Dauntless from the USS Ranger at the time.