Savannah is filled with history, and sometimes it just sucks us right into a world of imagination. As we’ve been preparing the Inn for our participation in the B&B for Vets Program, we’ve also been thinking about the history of Veterans Day.
B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort to honor our Vets by booking our inn full and free of charge to those that have served our country on the eve of the federal holiday that celebrates them. It’s something we’ve been doing for a couple years now.
That’ll just make you jealous, though. So THIS, the history of Veterans Day, is fascinating.
The History of Veterans Day, Simplified
The way I’m lookin’ at it, Veterans Day as a federal holiday went through 4 major changes: 2 acts of Congress bookended by the actions of 2 US presidents (Wilson, and Eisenhower) after the first glimmer of peace following the devastations of World War I.
- It All Starts in 1918: Have you ever wondered where the expression “Eleventh Hour” came from? Well, it predates the Armistice of 1918 but you’ll remember that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an important document was signed in northern France, in Compiègne. The Armistice of Compiègne marks the beginning of the end of The Great War (also known as World War I). That’s the important thing, the beginning of peace. And now, you won’t forget the 11th when your friends ask, will ya?
- The First Commemoration in 1919: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, declares a nation-wide remembrance of Armistice day, that beginning of peace following WWI. It was to be celebrated on that very same day, November 11. Armistice is commemorated.
- Congress Acts in 1926: Congress adopts a resolution directing the President to issue an annual proclamation to ensure that Armistice is commemorated. President Calvin Coolidge is in office at the time. Resolving to remember peace every year.
- Dedication to World Peace in 1938: This year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is in office. His Congress passes legislation. Now the legal holiday of Armistice Day is in place, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated” It’s law, now, to remember peace.
- A Name Change in 1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, changes the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. It is because of Eisenhower that we’re talking about Veterans Day, and we’re so proud of that. Different holiday name, same important sentiment.
Of course, this short reflection on the History of Vererans Day is much more simplified than what great history books will tell you, but it’s something to think about on the eve of Veterans Day.
Now, go thank a vet.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
August 26, 2010 Savannah, GA – Hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day (November 11) to honor men and women currently serving in the military, as well as those who have served their country in the past. Over 200 inns in 39 states and Canada have donated rooms for this holiday promotion.
The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia B&B Association. “We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces”, says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, West Virginia and originator of the concept. “These are trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night’s rest is our way to say, thank you.”
Azalea Inn and Gardens in Savannah, Georgia is taking part in a special Veterans Day celebration. “This is the best way for us to honor our country’s military members”, says Teresa Jacobson, owner of the Azalea Inn and Gardens. “Not enough people realize what our servicemen and women face on a day-to-day basis, in addition to those who have already put their lives on the line for our country. As a former member of the Armed Services myself, we are happy to participate in this unique celebration of Veterans Day.” Her husband, Mike, adds “Teresa’s father and grandfathers served in the world wars and would be proud that we show our respect for their sacrifices, so we have pledged ten rooms to our veterans on November 10.”
Bed and breakfast inns are smaller hospitality businesses that offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and beautifully decorated areas for relaxation or conversation. Known for their great breakfasts and personalized service, B&Bs are a perfect way to enhance a getaway.
Reservations need to be made directly with the participating inns. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID will be required for each reservation. Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is limited to a first come first serve basis.
For more information on the promotion go to www.bnbsforvets.org.For Immediate Release Contact: Teresa Jacobson August 26, 2010 912-236-6080