We Honor Veterans
Veterans' Day by StaffThe U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of 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 the nations."
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President (Calvin Coolidge) issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner named Alfred King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. King had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11 to honor veterans. With the help of then-U.S. Rep. Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978 it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. Since this change, there has been a trend against being closed on the holiday. It began with businesses (excluding banks) and in recent years some schools and local governments have also chosen to remain open.
Exalted Ruler's Message
by Ernie NunesWell here it is November and as one member said to me "Well summer's over, it's Elk season". This is a very busy time around the lodge, not to mention the holidays. I would like to thank Kevin Christie, Dave Suchar, Anne Poole and her group for doing so much for the Veteran's Stand Down. Dennis Hunter and I went down and took a look at that operation. Totally amazing! As you may know we had a $2000.00 ENF grant to buy sleeping bags and waterproof duffel bags. There was enough money left over to take those in need shopping for new boots.
Joe Moore did a great job with the Leading Knight's Fashion Show. As always Sylvia Vader and her crew put out another great meal. Speaking of great meals, Hans Gerstacker did it again at Oktoberfest and what a spectacular auction coordinated by Liz Smith our ENF chair. As we move into holiday mode I would like to ask everyone to be patient. We are all volunteers here. Remember to buss your tables and call in as early as possi- ble for dinner reservations. The latter is very important so the cooking crew know how much to buy and prepare. If something is happening that shouldn't be, rather than taking care of it yourself, find an officer to handle it. If one isn't available one of the bartenders can help.
Happy Veterans Day to all of you and thank you. Here's to a safe and happy holiday season. Let's keep being the best we can be.
Ernie Nunes, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler
A Long Standing Tradition by StaffThanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God.
It is thought that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. William Bradford's note that, "besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many," probably gave rise to the American tradition of eating turkey at Thanksgiving.
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