A concurrent resolution of the the United States Congress June 4, 1926.
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
Words. At times it seems that there are far more words than is really necessary to convey a thought, or opinion, or even a story. It can even be a burden sometimes when the words just drone on and on and on. Lectures, talk radio, instruction manuals. Words on words. It can leave you wondering when enough is enough.
One place that I believe there are never enough words, spoken or otherwise, is in the commemoration of Veterans Day and the remembrances of those who have served the United States under arms. Whether in peace or in war, words are often just not enough to express the overwhelming appreciation I have for the commitment and sacrifice of our current and former members of the military. You have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well these historic images then, speak to me. My collection is largely made up of pictures of the hardware that was in use by our veterans, but I am far more moved by the images of the veterans themselves. I would love to know their stories. They were not just numbers. I did not know them, but they are not nameless. Their lives were not lived in vain.
They are here to be remembered.
Words. Some in full color. Long before there was a Veterans Day, President Lincoln spoke volumes about rememberance with just a few actual words. It can be done. For all that has been said or will be said, maybe the most important words we can say boils down to just two: