Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
History of Veterans Day
World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice (temporary cessation of hostilities) between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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 …”
An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day dedicated to the cause of world peace. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but the 83rd Congress (at the urging of the veterans service organizations) amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans” after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the nation’s history. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11 and helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Veterans of Water Pointe Realty Group
We extend a warm welcome to our newest veteran, Sean Quinn, who served as a member of the United States Navy.
Vince Bajis, United States Navy
Vince joined the U.S. Navy in late 1995 and began basic training/boot camp in 1996 at Naval Service Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He then went on and attended Naval A School at Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. Vince served 4 years (1996-2000) at the Pentagon/Department of Defense in Washington D.C. under the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics, N4, VADM James F. Amerault, and VADM William J. Hancock. They delivered combat capability and capacity to ensure ready forces and joint support of U.S. Pacific Fleet. Vince held a TS clearance and acted as alternate NATO Security Officer overseeing NATO sensitive information, personnel security, and provided administrative support of fleet readiness and logistics under the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National & Homeland Security Council, Secretary of Defense and the President. He says he is a proud patriot and grateful be living in the United States of America! He would like to honor his Grandfather, Almis O. Blankenship, CPL US Army, WWII, Korean War (Purple Heart), RIP “Blackie”.
Frank Swain, United States Marines
Frank entered the service in June of 1969. He did basic training at Parris Island in South Carolina, which is home to the Marin Corps recruit training. Frank then went on to infantry training at Camp Gieger in North Carolina, and he would be stationed there to complete his active duty. Camp Geiger was originally known as “Tent Camp” and was the first section at Marine Corps Base Lejuene to be constructed. Frank spent the remainder of his time in the Marines attending reserve meetings and active duty trainings two weeks each year at various bases. He was at Camp LeJuene for infantry training and then again to attend NCO school, war games at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California, Amphibious Assault training at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia, and communications school at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Frank was discharged in June of 1975.
Steve Eivers, United States Air Force
Steve joined the Air Force in 1979, just one year after he graduated from high school. His basic training was hosted on Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Lackland in Texas; all new recruits attend training on JBSA-Lackland. Steve went on to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida for his full 4 years in the military. He was trained to become a mechanic and service F-15 fighter jets. Steve also served two temporary duties to Eglin’s sister base in Bremgarten, Germany. Looking back on his time in the Air Force, Steve said it was a great experience that afforded him the opportunity to visit a handful of places around the world including trips/stops in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Ireland.
Matt Right, United States Army
Matt was inspired by his Pop Pop, who he thinks of as his hero. Although he never spoke much about his military service, WWII, the Korean War, being a POW… Matt was always intrigued by what it meant to serve his country. Between looking up to his Pop Pop, and watching G.I. JOE as a kid, it was almost a forgone conclusion that he would enter the military; he was proud to be accepted into the Army after graduating from high school. Matt explained that it’s never easy being away from family and friends for years, but that you gain new friends that become your family who will always be there for you through thick in thin. Though serving in the military isn’t easy, he said it was worth it to see the smile on his Pop Pop’s face, and would happily serve again if called to do so. Matt is proud to have served for two tours overseas and was able to retire from the Army in 2009.
Matt Right while deployed in Iraq