Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day, Uniforms and 100th post

These are old uniforms from the armed forces of the USA. The woman's uniform was worn by a local woman in WWII. I chose to use these pictures today because it is Veterans Day here in the USA, a day to honor those who have served in our armed forces, and who are presently serving as well. Three of our sons have served in three branches of the service - Navy, Army, Marines, one still is serving.

To all who have served in the US Armed Forces, and are now serving:

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, from two very grateful citizens of the USA.

These uniforms are hanging displayed in the hardware store downtown, Forks True Value Hardware, that has been in business for... okay, I don't know how many years, but it's a long time. The local woman gave her uniform to be displayed, to make some use of instead just hanging at home. The store has old and interesting things, some antiques, hanging at the top of the warehouse-height walls, 20 or so feet high (about 6 meters), and arranged so that you can see everything if you just look at the right angle. When I asked if the items have stories, I was told that he could probably come up with a story for most of them for a willing audience, and some might even be true. :~} I asked if I could take pictures, then wandered around doing just that for about half an hour. I'm going back though. I'll be posting more pictures from the store, possibly with stories, possibly with true stories.

A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

After a couple more changes with dates and Congress and then a return, November 11 is the date every year we honor those who have served and do serve in our military.


Lynette said...

Thank you for the Veterans Day post. And happy 100th to you and your blog!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. It is a lot of work to get that far and to go on to do it for many years is a challenge.

I liked your post and your skill with the camera.

This old man's post brought tears on this Veteran's Day but not because I am a Korean War era veteran.
The Squirrel's Nest

Denton said...

Your Veterans Day post is very well done. I especially like your story about the hardware store ... Congratulations on your 100th post and I hope you will have many more.

Clueless in boston said...

Great topic for a post. Thanks for the info about the history of Armistice Day, I was a little unclear of the actual date of the change from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day.