1918: Armistice Day Chris November 11, 2012 1910-1919, War 1 CommentFavourited 666 times Add to favourites Winchester Wall Street Victoria Victoria Toronto Toronto Toronto Seattle Prestonburg Norfolk New South Wales Los Angeles London London Stock Exchange London France Detroit Crayford Chicago Chicago Buckingham Palace Brisbane Bolton Blackburn One Response MIchael Snow November 12, 2012 Many no longer even remember “Armistice Day” and what it celebrated–the end of the fighting: On 11 November, the warring parties signed the armistice, bringing that great bloodbath to an end…. The deep meaning of that armistice remained in the minds of World War I veterans a half century later when the U.S. Congress, in one of its clueless moves, changed the observance of the federal holiday from November 11th to a certain Monday of October. Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Washington’s Birthday were all moved on the calendar in order to create three-day federal holiday weekends. Because of the war that had followed that “War to End All Wars,” President Eisenhower had signed a law that broadened the meaning of “Armistice Day” by making it “Veterans Day” in 1954. But in the minds of the World War I generation, the memory of that armistice still held sway. So, in the late 1960s when Congress changed the date, I can still remember my grandmother adamantly asserting that Armistice Day was November 11th, NOT the fourth Monday of October. The thousands of soldiers who, like my grandfather, had served in France and other lands would not hear of such a change. … And the politicians received an earful. The World War I generation was still alive and well; remembering and speaking up. They again took back lost ground. The end result was that one decade after changing the date, Congress, in 1978, restored the observance to November 11th. –form Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1616230800?tag=mikesnoworg-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1616230800&adid=0XA1TDV2NTH632MVJXMR&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fsdcougar.startlogic.com%2Fblog%2F Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.