Veterans Day/Armistice Day and my Uncle Grover in the A.E.F.

A Vermonter Writes - A Pathfinder

I did a little research to find when Armistice Day became Veterans Day. President Eisenhower signed a proclamation in 1954 officially changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

The first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11th, 1919 in recognition of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I on the 11th month, the 11th day, at the 11th hour in 1918. It became quiet across the World War I battlefields and trenches at that time as word passed along that the fighting was over and the “war to end all wars” was over.

In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of Armistice Day and it became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, many of the adults in my life still used the name of Armistice Day for November 11th. Today, we seldom hear the term…

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Published by Ed Pirie

I am a Vermonter, been one all my life. That just about tells you all you need to know. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. There is a lot in the world I do not understand. My writing is my attempt to wrap my head around much that is swirling around me. Some time ago gasoline pumps changed to the way they look now. I had stopped to fill my Jeep and I could not get the gas to pump to save my life. I went inside and complained to the attendant. She knew me and said, "Ed, the whole world is changing and if you don't figure out the changes you are going to fall off the earth as it spins around." Well, I am not always successful figuring out the changes, but my writing is my way of working through some of them. I hope you enjoy.

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