Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
This is from the text of the resolution, passed by Congress, to enact Armistice Day, commemorating the armistice of World War I. After the Second World War, this was amended to form Veterans Day, to include honoring the veterans of all wars.
We remember the work and sacrifice of our veterans, which is why this is a day of giving thanks. Just as important, this is a day to remember for what we are thanking them, and for what it is they have fought. That is an expectation of peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.
When something is hard won, it is our duty to maintain it and not to spend the capital of goodwill imprudently. An appetite for war, alone, is not enough. This is a lesson especially important for our leaders, the people who advise them, and the people who vote them in.
We at Aces Full of Links thank our veterans. May yours be a thoughtful Veterans Day, and may the exercises you choose to participate in focus on the perpetuation of peace.Posted by James at November 11, 2008 10:02 AM