From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
I would like to thank my dad, Stu Yuill, for his service to our country.
Lt. Col Stuart Yuill served for 20 years in the US Army. He was deployed to two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam.
Thanks, dad, for fighting for and serving our country.
Veterans Day History:
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.
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. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
On May 13, 1938, November 11 was made a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
Today, we honor all our American veterans. THANK YOU!!
Please take a moment to pray for our vets and to pray for our men and women serving in the United States Military both here and abroad.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga