Monday, November 11, 2013

Remember Veterans Day

Just a reminder from the folks here at Michigan Exposures to the folks that read this page to take a moment to remember our veterans.  This is a picture that was taken at the Eastern Michigan game as the ROTC color guard was marching off the field. 
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the Armistice ending World War I.  It was proclaimed as a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919.  During the proclamation he stated:  "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."  On June 4, 1926, Congress passed an act requiring that President Coolidge make another proclamation on November 11th of that year.  In 1938, it was made a permanent legal holiday.

In 1945, World War II vetern Raymond Weeks from Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to include all veterans.  He led a delegation to Eisenhower who supported this idea.  On June 1, 1954, Congress passed an act officially calling it Veterans Day.

So we at Michigan Exposures would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our military veterans and to the folks currently serving in the Armed Forces.

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