This year, Veteran’s day falls on a very special date: 11-11-11. The irony is that the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. President Wilson declared in 1919 that November 11 would be the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which later became known as Veteran’s Day and now honors all veterans. My father, father-in-law, and husband are all veterans, so I have been thinking about this special holiday for some time. The passing of the years brings out stories about war exp
Veterans Day is an annual U.S. holiday that falls on November 11th every year, regardless of the day of the week. It is a day set aside to honor military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Veterans Day Salute, World War I, and a Librarian Assistant
Who’s ready to go into the wild unknown to join me on an adventure? Let’s just take that picture in a little longer...All right, back with me? Good, because I want to let you know that I’m not that much of a dork—well, I may just be, but that's beside the point. In this instance, I had a reason for wearing this gear. It’s all from World War I.
During WWII and even the Korean War, Hollywood produced films that doubled as pure support-the-war propaganda. Not so for the Vietnam War, filmmakers took an increasingly dim and damning view of this overseas conflict that proved so fractious for so long. But even the most cynical films focused on the Vietnam War offer important stories, and even these present moments of heroism and valor.
Come in and check out our amazing display of Vietnam War era artifacts. See typical souvenirs that our American soldiers brought home with them, including several straw hats and some wonderful oil paintings depicting life in Vietnam. Included in the display is General Colin Powell's military rucksack that he carried while serving in Vietnam along with an interesting story of how the displayer acquired it.
Here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we remember our veterans every day as we utilize the resources available in our building (books, microfilm/fiche, and periodicals), in our online databases, and even the Internet.
Does anyone watch NCIS? November 5th’s show was about Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his dad. He and his dad have a strained relationship at times, like a lot of us. In this show, Gibbs’s dad needs to go see a dying buddy from the war. He wants his son to take him. Of course, Gibbs was busy on a case, but he reluctantly took some time. Gibbs had heard the war story many times in the past from his father. But did he really listen to all the details?
During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.