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Veterans Day recognizes U.S. military veterans

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919.

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.

This year Veterans Day will be celebrated on Nov 12, so what will be your contribution to the effort of world peace? Will you go out of your way to be nice to someone who has not been nice to you? How about saying ‘Hello’ to every person you meet, just to let them know you care? Will you be teaching any of this to your children? A heart felt thank you to all Veterans and have a great Veterans Day!

Activities and Events in Thurman

The Thurman Town Offices will be closed on November 12 for Veterans Day.

Thurman residents should be aware that the Town Hall has New Food Pantry Hours; the food pantry will be open on the first Monday of the month from 1p.m. - 2 p.m., and open Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. all other weeks.

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