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U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act
(52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. King had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11, 1953, to honor veterans. With the help of then-U.S. Rep. Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978 it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11
from the All American Pinups MySpace
To some, patriotism is something you celebrate on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, but for others patriotism is a way of life. Supporting members of our Armed forces, both past and present, is an important part of patriotism and in honor of supporting our troops. The All American Pinups are women who take supporting our soldiers seriously. Women who love vintage, love modeling, and have taken sending care packages to our troops to another level. In December of 2007 the All American Pinups were established.
Our goal is to send 50+ care packages each month. The packages are sent to service members of all military branches deployed in Iraq & Afghanistan. We greatly appreciate those who support us at fundraising events & through donations. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO PURCHASING CARE PACKAGE CONTENTS & SHIPPING COSTS. MAKE A DONATION TO HELP FUND CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR TROOPS
use the form on their website to make a donation to their cause
(the donate link is about 1/2 way down the page)
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Take a moment today and thank a Vet or someone active in the service...