The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals . . . 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;. . .
Originally designated Armistice Day, November 11 was set aside to remember the horror of war and the need to “perpetuate peace.” In the 1950s Congress changed the name to “Veteran’s Day” to honor veterans of all wars. Since that transition the dignified and solemn regard for peace has been replaced by brash celebrations of war and militarism. While there is nothing inherently wrong in honoring veterans we have lost the original intent of Congress that November 11 should be a day of renewed dedication to universal peace. This Armistice/Veterans Day give thanks and remember in prayer those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Sincerely honor veterans by dedicating yourself to the struggle for peace. Take back Armistice Day.
Veteran Jack Ciancio