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The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 13, Issue 11
Paul E. Bombardier, Editor
Origins of Veterans Day
The speaker for our October 13th meeting was one of our members, Brett Osborn, who presented a very interesting account of the origin of Veterans Day.
He began by pointing out that the United States department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the Official spelling "because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans".
Following WW1, November 11th was designated as Armistice Day to honor the WW1 veterans. In the early 1950's, two men Alvin King from Emporia, KS and Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, AL each entertained thoughts of changing Armistice Day, which honored WW1 veterans to a day to honor all men and women who have served in the Military. Although two great Americans had the same vision at approximately the same time in two different locations, it is not clear which one of them exercised the greater influence on our government officials to have the name of the holiday changed.
In 1945, Raymond Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower who was the Army Chief of Staff at the time and, obviously had no Legislative authority, however, the seed was planted and with continued pressure from Mr. Weeks and Mr. King, legislation was finally introduced in Congress and the bill passed both Houses of Congress and
and Mr. Eisenhower, who was now President of the United States signed the bill into law in 1954, officially designating November 11th as Veterans day.
From then till