Reflections by Sammy Way: Observing Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2022


Wikipedia Encyclopedia identifies Armistice Day as "a day commemorated every year on Nov. 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France, at 5:45 a.m. for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which would take effect in the morning - at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918."

"President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day as a holiday in 1919, and it was through the efforts of World War II veteran Raymond Weeks that the day was proclaimed as a day to honor the service of all military veterans. Our national Veterans Day was initially celebrated in 1947. Congressional Act 52 stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Dec. 87a was approved on May 13, 1938, making Nov. 11 in each year a legal holiday.The holiday was intended to be a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' The U.S. Congress would amend this act on June 1, 1954, replacing Armistice with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since."

The public is cordially invited to attend a Veterans Day celebration at the Sumter County Military Display at 129 S. Harvin St. in the James Clyburn Intermodal Transportation building. The display will be open from 2 until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. The displays feature an extensive collection of military photographs and historic memorabilia. There is no charge for admission.