By Larry Robertson
On Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. there will be a Veterans Day Commemoration at the Lake Tansi Veterans Memorial Park next to the Lake Tansi Property Owners Association offices. Several new veterans markers were added to the memorial this year and the Lake Tansi Exchange Club has invited some very special speakers and a Color Guard to the Veterans Day commemoration. For those able to attend, we suggest bringing lightweight folding chairs and clothing appropriate for this short open-air event.
As you consider whether you might be able to attend, I thought I would offer some facts about Veterans Day. Many of these facts were found available via the History Channel and I hope that you will find them interesting.
“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, Nov. 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.”
• In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
• In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to Nov. 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
• Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near Nov. 11: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every Nov. 11.
So come join us on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and give recognition to our veterans. We recognize all veterans, both living and past, old and young, men and women. Many of our Lake Tansi veterans have markers at our memorial and many will be present to honor their fellow soldiers and friends.
Whether you can attend or not, if you served honorably in the military, the Lake Tansi Exchange Club salutes you and offers our most sincere gratitude, respect and appreciation.
Please attend our ceremony if you can and always remember this famous quote that reads,”Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown
Here are some additional facts from the History Channel about our veterans:
• 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65
• 1.8 million veterans are women.
• 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War from (1964 to 1975)
• 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (1990-present)
• 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945)
• 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953)
• 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
• As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
• Five states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
• The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.