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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 The Adams County Record Page 10 * • o * • • • • * • • • * • • * * • • • • Council Veterans " • Day Dinner • • American Legion Post 72 will • host the annual "Veterans Day • Dinner" on November 10, 2012. • • All those who served on active • • duty in the past year, and all . • Adams County Veterans, includ- • • hag family members are cordially • invited. A special invitation to this • ." event is extended to widows and .* • widowers of veterans in honor of • • their service and sacrifice. • • The dinner will be held at • • the Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall " • starting at 5 pm, with No Host • • Cocktails starting at 4 pm at the • American Legion Hall located at ." • 2046 Hwy 95. ." If you plan to attend please ." • RSVP to: CouncilALPost72@msn. • ." com or contact Carrie Pedreira @ • 253-0232. o • • • • • • # o # o • • • • • • • • • A History of Veterans Day BY DALE FISK Veterans Day is not a celebration of war. It was the horror of World War One that made the world want to mark its end and honor those who ended it. The three biggest wars the U.S. has fought were characterized by new technologies and their consequences. In our Civil War, military leaders were still using fighting methods dating back to the days of the Revolutionary War - groups of men lined up in formation and fired it each other. This, combined with advances in weaponry, led to human slaughter on an unprecedented scale. Even though the Second World War brought a new technology that has haunted us ever since -- the atomic bomb -- the First World War saw the biggest leap in new ways of killing: the machine gun, bolt action rifles, flame throwers, subma- rines, the armored tank, airplanes and poison gas. Veterans Day comes on November 11 becayse that's the day in 1918 when the combatants involved in WWI declared an armistice. An armi- stice is an agreement to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, and might be just a cessation of hostilities until a lasting peace can be negotiated. The word armistice is derived from the Latin arma, meaning weapons, and statium, meaning a stopping. It took six months of nego- tiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the Treaty of Versailles. One year after the armistice, on November 11, 1919, "Armistice Day" was commemorated for the first time in America. President Wilson pro- claimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the vic- tory." There were parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11:00 AM. That time was significant because the fight- ing had stopped at 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The day was noted sporadically for the next two decades in the U.S. In 1926, Congress asked the president 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 ceremoixies of friendly relations with all other peoples." By 1938, legislatures in 27 states had made November 11 a legal holiday. That year the date was made a national holiday "dedicated to the cause of world peace," known as "Armistice Day." It was originally intended to honor vet- erans of World War I. In 1954, veterans" service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans." Congress approved this change Veterans Day became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served. Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill in 1968, to provide three-day weekends for federal employees--and encourage tourism and travel--by celebrating four national holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) on Mondays. The observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October. This did not go over well with the public and it was changed in 1978. Today, if November 11 fails on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal gov- ernment observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday, respectively. Britain, France, Australia and Canada also honor veterans around November 11 each year. It has become a tradition, especially around Veterans Day, for red poppies (real or paper) to be sold in the U.S., Canada and the United See HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY, page 12 COUNCIL MOUNTAIN CAFE log MOSER AVE, COUNCIL ff,53-45ff, O photos, Old f New - We will frame them a.d put them o. our Tribute Wall All dllbou! Wood 106 Michigan, Council 566-4974 See you at the Cambridge Art Show November lOth & llth Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall Cambridge, Idaho Thanking all Vets for our freedom, Bless all that are still over seas and their families. cuseswt 101 Michigan Council, Idaho 208-469-0405 ACE |AL00N 1 COUNCXL, lD 00.s3-4469 8AM-5PM Monday thru G day Council Automotive, Inc. c--....-71 2029 HWY 95 Council 253 4000