Veterans Day 2014 at the Azalea Inn & Villas
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Veterans Day, which is an important day for our country, especially here in Savannah at the Azalea Inn & Villas. We recognize and are beyond grateful for the service of our current and former soldiers and believe in doing what we can to express our thanks.
Azalea Inn & Villas is an active member of B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort by bed and breakfast inn owners to honor our Vets. The initiative asks that on the eve of Veterans Day innkeepers donate one night free of charge to those that have served our country. My husband and I have been very blessed in life and so our commitment for the past five years has been to fill our 10-room inn with retired Veterans and Active Duty service members alike. We have a community of like-mind restaurateurs who have generously donated platters of delectable food for our evening reception. This year will be no different.
Why Veterans Day is So Important to Us
Military Service runs deep in the backbone of my family. My mother’s dad served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI and the terrible battle at Keiberg Ridge where he lost his two best buddies. My grandfather Scott enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at the age of 15. He was seriously injured at the battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France following four days of bloody fighting. My own father was a career man having enlisted in the Navy at 16. Prior to the end of WWII he then enlisted in the Army-Air Corp and completed 20 more years of service as an OSI agent in the US Air Force. My father’s sister was a WAVE serving in Washington during the early years of the war. Two of my mother’s brothers also served during the war. The next generation of these two families found 5 of my Canadian cousins (all girls) serving their country . One of my sisters gave service in the Air Force while I joined the Army. Finally, I have a nephew who is currently enlisted in the US Army.
So you see, supporting the military runs deep in my soul. Our commitment to today’s military led us to take one giant step forward in our daily lives. On Veteran’s Day 2011, we hosted three soldiers of the then Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion of Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division. The bravery, courage and fortitude of these three men was the catalyst for creating “Respite and Retreat”. We provide two combat injured soldiers and a significant other a day and night at our inn, while the 3rd ID gives these soldiers a 4-day leave. The program starts with resiliency training by the company chaplain and the remainder of the leave is designed to give the soldier and family the necessary time to implement what they have learned. We have once again paired with two Savannah restaurants, The Pirates House and Leoci’s Trattoria, who provide a three-course dinner to the participants. Veterans Day is a public ceremony of thanks, we have chosen to say thank you every single month.
Veterans Day 2014 in Savannah
In addition to our own celebration of Veterans Day 2014, Savannah will host a Veteran’s Day parade. The soldiers who stay at our inn have a short walk to enjoy the parade. It conveniently passes within sighting distance of the Inn! History Buffs know that a walk around beautiful Savannah will lead you to a number of war memorials. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum features historical displays and memorabilia of the United States Armed Forces. Discounts are available for military veterans and individuals currently enlisted. Entrance is Free to veterans of World War II.
Veterans Day 2014 Savannah Style
For Veterans Day 2014, we welcome soldiers and veterans to our bed & breakfast for a night of relaxation, rejuvenation, and as an overall appreciation for their service. Thank you to all of our service men and women, and to our veterans. You are dear to our hearts.
Azalea Inn and Villas, 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.”
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.”
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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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.”