We would like to take a moment to thank all the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces. Thank you all for your sacrifice and commitment to preserving our freedom.
This photo of Downtown Birmingham was taken not many years after President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. But after World War II required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen in the nation’s history, a World War II veteran from Birmingham named Raymond Weeks had an idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. In 1947 he led a delegation to Washington, D.C. to urge then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower to create a national holiday that honored all veterans. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation establishing November 11th as Veterans Day.
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