I do not know if anyone here remembers Armistice Day. Every November 11th, at the entire elementary school that I attended, the entire staff and student body would trudge down to the auditorium where at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we would be given an injection of patriotism and told about our God-given duty to buy savings stamps for Federal Savings Bonds. I filled about a half-dozen books and lost each and every one during our move to Dallas from Baltimore in 1953.
As you might have well guessed, the saving stamp collection drives did not miss a beat but the stamp books that I accumulated in Dallas as well as the bonds converted from the stamp books were lost when the family moved to New Jersey. All-in-all I believe that I alone am the fount for about 20% of the national debt.
Getting back to the subject, on October 8th, 1954, President Eisenhower signed HR 7786 which changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day and declared it a Federal holiday.
Today, we have a different twist – In many school districts, Veterans day is not even observed neither as a holiday nor in ceremony. Religious holidays have filled the calendar to the extent that Veterans Day has become just another school or work day (Yes, Christmas and Good Friday are religious holidays). My granddaughter is going to school today and my daughter-in-law is going to work as well. My son has the day off and plans to celebrate by continuing on a law school assignment.
It seems that our nation is continuing to lose its patriotic values in the Tea-Party universe. The only whimpers that I hear are the desire to cancel provisions in the law that boost taxes for the super rich per the current tax bill (Signed by G. W. Bush.) and those that will end entitlement programs that have framed retirement decisions as well as assisting the most needy in our society for decades. – All in the names of Jesus Christ.
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