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It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the guns fell silent in 1918, ending the war that was expected to end all wars, World War I. In 1938 Congress recognized the day as Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War were over, at the urging of Veteran organizations, Congress amended the commemoration, dropping the word Armistice and adding Veteran so the day would honor all who have and are serving in the United States military. From 1971 until 1975 Veterans day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October. The thought was, because it was a Federal holiday, the long weekend would promote family travel and help boost the economy. Many states didn’t like the change and celebrated in November anyway. It became pretty apparent, in a few short years, that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law, Public Law 94-97, which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978. To all the Veterans I say thank you for your service! Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has a series of programs to commemorate the 157 anniversary of the battle of New Market.
Various programs and demonstrations are planned beginning as early as 9 a.m. tomorrow May 15.
All programs are free but pre-registration is required to help organizers with logistics and planning.
You can register for any or all the events at ShenandoahAtWar.org.
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