Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Veterans' Day--Nov. 11
On the eleventh hour of the
eleventh day of
the eleventh month in 1918 in the
You may have read that “The
officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles, signed
President Woodrow Wilson of the
In reading some of the early proclamations for Armistice Day, Congress and the President urged that the national holiday be observed with “thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”
When General Dwight D.
a veteran of World War II, was president, Public Law 380 was passed on
June 1, 1954,
declaring that November 11 become not only the memorable Armistice Day
commemorating the end of World War I, but Veterans Day, honoring
veterans of all wars. On
Another significant milestone
American history. On
President Warren G. Harding
memorial services on the dedication day of
Since that day in 1921, three other unknown soldiers from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War have been interred west of the sarcophagus, their graves marked with white marble slabs.
In 1930, the perpetual military
set up to patrol the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a unique honor
chosen for this assignment. Guards must pledge to abstinence, and
disgrace the uniform they wear by swearing or any sort of immorality.
their duties as seriously and somberly as any soldier preparing for
Their 21 steps in formation are representative of a 21 gun salute. The
carried by a guard is always away from the tomb. A 21 second pause
each about-face after each 21 pace march is completed. Guards are
thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. They chose to
when urged not to do so as Hurricane Isabelle threatened
To veterans, we salute and honor you. To those of us who are not veterans, we can only imagine the price you paid for the freedoms we enjoy. With deepest gratitude, we thank you.
c2005 by Ethelene Dyer Jones; published Nov. 10, 2005 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail email@example.com; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]
Updated August 6, 2009