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The History of Veterans Day

November 10th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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.

History of Veterans Day

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.

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Honoring My Roots – Paying Tribute to Our Veterans

October 1st, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Albert Crawley, 1894-1986

Veterans Day is the single day in the year set aside to thank those who have served our country in times of peace and during times of conflict.  Honoring my roots and paying tribute to our Veterans is a part of the fabric of my being. I grew up the daughter of a career Air Force man who also served in WWII, the neice of a WAV, the granddaughter of  a soldier who served with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force and was injured at Vimy Ridge, France during WWI. I am the sister of a former Air Force MP who has continued her career with the Jacksonville Police Department.  I am also the granddaughter of Albert Crawley who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.  In Grand Falls, Newfoundland, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, hangs a map my grandfather brought back from the battle of Keiberg Ridge during World War I stained in the blood of his captain. My granddad scooped the map dropped by his fallen captain and continued up the ridge. He lost of one of his best friends in that same assault, one of three young men from Grand Falls who joined together and had sequential serial numbers. There too was a display of the Crawley family who had been in service to their country: grandfather Albert, sons-in-law John Scott and Bernard Davis, sons Jerry and William, followed in the next generation by Jerry Crawley’s children: Maureen Crawley (who died on active duty), Diane, Nancy and Cathy Crawley. His son-in-law, John Scott, has two children who also gave service to their country and their names and pictures will soon be added to the display: my sister Sharon Scott and I.

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Savannah GA Bed and Breakfast Honors Veterans

November 11th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Veterans Day Honoree

Hello from Iraq - Bronze Star Recipient - My "Other Son", Dave

Last night this Savannah GA bed and breakfast joined three other local inns to host a reception to honor Veterans.  Our second year participating in the B&B For Vets initiative brought us, if possible, even more poignant moments than the year before. Azalea Inn and Gardens was honored to host three Purple Heart recipients from our local Wounded Warriors stationed at Fort Stewart as well as another six active duty and retired veterans from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, as well as their spouses and the 9-year-old son of one of our Purple Heart recipients and the infant daughter of my “other son.”

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