Armistice

November 11th, 2011

In honor of our celebration today of the Holiday Formerly Known as Armistice Day.

“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.” – Woodrow Wilson proclamation of Armistice Date on11/11/19

 

In America and theUK,

We used to call it Armistice Day

And observe 2 minutes of silence

To honor veterans who’ve passed away.

 

That’s a good thing to do

And we should do it too,

But for veterans still among us,

Practical action’s overdue.

 

This week was the perfect time to act

By passing the VOW to Hire Heroes Act

To help get veterans jobs

And at least part of Obama’s jobs bill enact.

 

Even Republicans couldn’t oppose it,

Even though Obama proposed it.

We always say “support the troops,”

And this finally shows it.

 

The partisan armistice may be fleeting

(The rest of the jobs bill’s taking a beating).

But at least this week, Congress took action,

Our honorable veterans honorably treating.

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On November 11, 1918at11:00, the armistice agreement that ended World War One was signed inCompiègne,France. Armistice Day was declared as a national In 1953, the owner of a shoe repair shop in Emporia,Kansashad the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans.Emporia’s Chamber of Commerce and Congressman (Rep. Ed Rees) sponsored a bill making that change and conferring the new name, which President Eisenhower signed into law onMay 26, 1954.

In Commonwealth countries, Armistice Day was similarly expanded to include World War II vets, and renamed Remembrance Day. People in those countries observe two minutes of silence at 11:00.

 

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