Friday, November 07, 2008

Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11, is a day to honor all the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces. As an American, I thank them for that service. Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. Veterans Day should be a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first 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…"

The Library of Congress is working on a Veteran's History Project (VHP). Veterans of wars and U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are invited to share their valuable stories. These collections of first-hand accounts are being archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and will serve as an inspiration for generations.

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