Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Nov. 11 Honors All American Veterans

vet day1 300KENTUCKY (11/11/13) — First known as “Armistice Day” in 1918, a temporary interruption of hostilities between allied nations and Germany was implemented on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

However, it wasn’t until the aftermath of WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day and was dedicated to all American veterans from all wars.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day with the following words:

“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.”

In 1921, Congress passed legislation approving a tomb of an unknown soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Congress then declared Nov. 11 would become a legal federal holiday to honor all those who participated in the Great War (WWI).

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, most states established Nov. 11 as a legal holiday on a federal level, an annual proclamation that was issued by the president.

In 1938, Congress passed legislation on May 13, making Nov. 11 a legal federal holiday, Armistice Day.

vet day 500

On June 1, 1954, after both WWII and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by taking out the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans,” making Nov. 11 the day to honor all American veterans of every war.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured federal employees a three-day weekend for four national holidays on a Monday. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to October leaving many Americans confused and disagreeable with the change.

Finally in 1975, Pres. Gerald R. Ford signed a law to return the annual observance back to its original date of Nov. 11 that began in 1978. That date has remained since.

Locally, veterans, families and those wanting to show their respects visited areas like the Veterans' Memorial on Main Street in Madisonville. Others took advantage of a free dinner at restaurants like Applebee's in Madisonville and Golden Corral in Henderson.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photos by Amber Averitt

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,926.14
-34.43 (-0.20%)    
2 S&P 1,973.31
-5.03 (-0.25%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,430.25
-19.31 (-0.43%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

In Other News...

Vehicle VS Pedestrian Crash

CADIZ, Ky. (7/28/14) — Cadiz Police were called to a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in the 400 block of East… Read More

Cadiz Drug Arrest

CADIZ, Ky. (7/28/14) — On July 17, Cadiz Police received a complaint that an employee of Sonic Drive-In had sold… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 24, 2014 3844

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 2753

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 25, 2014 2141

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1756

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1410

Vehicle Strikes Lawn Mower Driven on…

in Top Stories by Dep. Mike Evans

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 24, 2014 2753

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 25, 2014 2141

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1410

Vehicle Strikes Lawn Mower Driven on…

in Top Stories by Dep. Mike Evans
July 24, 2014 1068

Hopkins County Fair Provides Family Fun

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 967

Two Injured in Vehicle Collision on…

in Top Stories by William Roundtree

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 24, 2014 1326

US 231 Ohio River 'William Natcher'…

in News by Keith Todd
July 24, 2014 1019

Maintenance Scheduled at Fisher Park and…

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 877

Portion of Spring Bank Drive Closed…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 28, 2014 359

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 286

Owensboro Southern 11-Year-Olds Finish…

in Top Stories by Steve LeMaster

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 3844

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1756

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1288

Marching Mustangs Band Camp Underway

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1191

Business Spotlight - McQuady's Automotive

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1042

Business Spotlight - Blue Moon Car Wash

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03