File #: 150830    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/29/2015 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/29/2015
Title: Celebrating, honoring and thanking our veterans on Veterans Day 2015.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature15083000.pdf
Celebrating, honoring and thanking our veterans on Veterans Day 2015.

WHEREAS, Veterans Day is annually celebrated on November 11th the Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended the hostilities of World War I between the Allied Nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918; and

WHEREAS, On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated, with President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations"; and

WHEREAS, In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the Armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving; and

WHEREAS, On May 13, 1938, the United States Congress enacted a law making November 11th of each year a legal holiday known as Armistice Day to be dedicated to "the cause of world peace" and to honor veterans who died in World War I; and

WHEREAS, In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks proposed and advocated for an expansion of Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. On June 1, 1954, the United States Congress changed the name of the holiday from "Armistice Day" to "Veterans Day" and expanded it to honor all veterans, living and dead, wherever and whenever they served; and

WHEREAS, Our veterans have served us bravely and well throughout the history of the United States, risking - and often sacrificing - their lives to protect our lives, our property and our freedom, and they deserve our greatest gratitude and highest respect; and

WHEREAS, The United Veterans Council of Philadelphia is an organization of the h...

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