Ah, the holidays… yep, Veteran’s Day is here! Have you thanked a veteran lately?
If you live in Charleston you probably know someone currently in the armed forces or you know one of our honored veterans. Regardless of your political affiliation and take on current international politics, keep in mind that these people work hard to secure our freedom. (So go ahead and exercise your freedom of speech, but remember who is fighting for or has fought for it... and while your at it, say thank you!)
A Little Bit of History…
1918 The Great War is over! World War I was originally called the Great War, which ended in an armistice and peace treaty on November 11 at 11AM. One year later, President Wilson declares that November 11th will be 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.” - President Wilson
1938 Armistice Day is a national holiday.
1941-1945 …another Great War, WWII
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be
fought, but World War IV will be fought with
sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein
1950-1953 The Korean War
1954 Armistice Day becomes Veteran’s Day to honor all of the American veterans.
Veteran’s Day Events in Charleston:
8th Annual North Charleston “Tribute to our American Veterans” Event @ the Naval Base Memorial at Riverfront Park.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Patriot’s Point is honoring the veterans from November 7th -11th with a variety of different events, such as Living History Groups, Vintage Vehicles, a Veteran’s Parade, and memorials. Check out their website for more information.
There are plenty of things to do for Veteran’s Day! If you’re looking to get involved and help out your community, consider volunteering in Charleston’s VA hospital. They depend on people to sit and visit, write letters, or even take the coffee cart around. No time? The VA hospital also accepts donations such as eyeglasses, books, and cash donations. Check out their website for more information!