September 16th American Legion Day

Congress declared there should be a day to honor those soldiers returning from World War 1 in 1919. It was finally actually declared, and created, to be September 16th in 2009. Of course today it includes any American soldier that has served over seas during any time of war, or even during peace. There are over 3 million members in some 14,000 posts across the United States. It is a place where old friends and fellow veterans can get together to remember both the victories, and the losses they share together.

How to celebrate – Honor a veteran. Make today special for any Legions in your area. Search your families history for Veterans of Foreign Wars.

December 18th National Wreaths Across America Day

This is a really cool day and I had never heard of it. It was started back in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company had an excess of wreaths left over and made arrangements to have them sent to decorate the grave sites at Arlington cemetery commemorating the fallen. Others helped by transporting the wreaths and handling the placement, no one asked for any recognition. Every grave was decorated without recognition until 2005 when the nation finally took notice someone was doing something special for those who gave everything for us. Since then, the project has grown to more than 2,500 locations both in the United States and abroad. More and more people have become involved, and so can you in this worthwhile project.

How to celebrate – Put a wreath on a fallen hero’s grave for the holidays. Contact the organization at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ . Have a Merry Christmas for them, they died so you could celebrate.

November 11th Veteran’s Day

November 11th at 11:11 in 1918 World War 1 ended. In 1921 the world began to celebrate Armistice Day honoring those soldiers that fell during the war sacrificing the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed was worth protecting. President Eisenhower turned that date into Veteran’s Day in 1954 honoring all Veterans having served their country. We owe our Veterans our freedom and our way of life. We need to remember them, honor them and give them our thanks for all they have done and all they will do.

How to celebrate – Thank all veterans you see. Visit the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Make a list of all the veterans from your family tree.

November 11th Veteran’s Day

We don’t owe much to our Veterans… we owe them everything. We owe them our country, our freedom and our lives. So do many other countries. Today we honor their service to us and those that gave their lives so that we didn’t have to.

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Veteran’s Day started out as Armistice Day, the Day both the United Kingdom and United States buried the Unknown Soldier on November 11th at 11:11 AM in 1921. Since then there have been more Unknown Soldiers than any of us would care to acknowledge but we should, they died for us. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, honoring both those who died in service and those still living.

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War has existed since man learned how to walk, evil has driven the power hungry beyond the point of reason, greed has driven the sane insane. The only thing that keeps the world from blowing up is the men and women who actually blow things up.

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But they also heal, build and comfort those in need. We should always honor our Veterans because they have always honored us. They do not ask you to do all the things they do, they just get the job done when no one else can.

How to celebrate – Thank a Veteran for the service they have given. Visit the Arlington Cemetery. Attend a Veterans Day ceremony.

September 16th American Legion Day

The American Legion was formed in Paris, France on Feb. 16th, 1919. It’s charter was granted by the U.S. Congress. It’s purpose, to serve as a voice for the American soldier in Washington D.C.. Originally it was to serve the veterans of World War 1 but it has served all veterans ever since.

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There are over 3 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It’s headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana with a large office in Washington, D.C.. You may wonder why soldiers need a voice in Congress. The sad fact is, that often after the soldiers have stopped fighting both the people, and the government, have a tendency to forget they ever existed. It’s a good thing that they didn’t forget to serve.

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The Legion’s motto is; “For God and Country.” Oddly, though the organization was formed back in 1919 a day was never awarded to celebrate what the Legion does. Finally in 2009 Congress created the American Legion Day for us all to celebrate, and remember.

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It is a somber day for all those that did not return from protecting our country but also a joyful day for ll those that did. We can never thank our troops enough.

How to celebrate – Thank a soldier for their service.  Say a prayer for all those still serving. study all the places our troops have served, and are still serving, you might be surprised by what you find out.