World War I (WWI) one officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, fighting had actually ceased seven months prior when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. For that reason many people consider the end of the “war to end all wars” as November 11, 1918.
November 11, 1919 was the first commemoration of Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson. The day was celebrated with parades, business meetings, and brief suspension of businesses. In 1926, Congress proposed a concurrent resolution, which would declare November 11, 1918 as the end of WWI. The resolution would also declare November 11 a legal holiday, dedicated to world peace. Congress stated, “it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” The Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved in 1938, officially creating November 11th as Armistice Day.
Although originally introduced to honor the veterans of WWI, the 83rd Congress requested that the word “Armistice” be replaced with “Veterans” after the catastrophic effects of World War II and the Korean War on American armed forces. The change was approved in 1954, and November 11th thereafter became Veterans Day.
Oklahoma City National Veterans Day Run
5K or 1-mile family
Veterans and Active-duty military discounts
Race will begin on 11-16-2014 at 3:11 PM
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 South Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116
For more information: http://veteransdayrun.org/register/oklahoma-city
Veterans Day deals!
On Tuesday, Outback is honoring all active and retired military personnel with a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage. You must show a valid military ID at participating restaurants.
Active-duty and retired military are invited to Hooters to dine for free on Tuesday: get a free entree by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Service members get a free “Thank You” meal when you dine in at Applebee’s. Guests will need to provide proof of their service.
On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. If you’re not a vet and you buy the dessert or other retail items, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the USO.
On Tuesday, active, inactive and retired military personnel can build your own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon at participating Denny’s.
From Monday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Nov. 13, Red Lobster will be thanking veterans, active duty, active serving military and reservists with a free select appetizer, including the new crispy shrimp lettuce wraps or several other options.
On Tuesday, veterans and active-duty service members can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Fries, dine-in only, by providing a military I.D., proof of service, or wearing your uniform.
Grill buffet franchise Golden Corral is offering veterans a free beverage and buffet meal on Nov. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. (Golden Corral always hosts their Military Appreciation Day on a Monday.)
For more great deals and ways to celebrate your Veteran check out: http://www.ktul.com/story/27344064/veterans-day-freebies
By: Molly McClure, Reference Assistant