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Veteran’s Day

November 3, 2013

Veterans Day 1-6

Veteran’s Day in a federal holiday in the United States meant to recognize the service of our military veterans.   It was started in 1919 as Armistice Day, by then President Woodrow Wilson, in recognition of the veterans of World War I.  With the armistice being signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11th became the recognized holiday date.  It wasn’t until 1938 that it was recognized as an official federal holiday by the US Congress.  In 1954, the US having by then been through World War 2 and the Korean War, many groups lobbied President Dwight Eisenhower to make it a more general “Veteran’s Day”.  It was briefly changed to the 4th Monday of October by Congress in 1968, taking effect in 1971 and lasting through 1975. At that point, based on the support of the population and the states (many which never recognized the new federal date), it was moved back to November 11th.

These shots were taken at Hillside Cemetery in East Hartford. The town patriotic commission places flags on the graves of veterans around Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. All were processed in Lightroom.

[These are some of the first shots I’ve posted that were taken with my new Sony DSC RX-100.  So far I am very pleased with this camera.]

Veterans Day 1-2

Veterans Day 1-5

Sources:

The History of Veteran’s Day, the U.S. Army Center of Military History

History of Veteran’s Day, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

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6 Comments
  1. We have services on the 11/11 in the UK too for the same reason, although it is not a holiday over here. Everyone wears a commemorative poppy and wreathes of them, made by and raising funds for the Royal British Legion, are placed on the memorials and cenotaphs around the country. The poppy is used because after the ground was churned up by the bombardment at the Battle of the Somme, thousands of them grew. More than a million people were killed or wounded in that one battle.

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  2. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou

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  3. Poppies are used here as well, but are typically associated with our Memorial Day holiday in May. Thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary – cenotaph.

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  4. Great shots. Really like the perspective of the third photo

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