According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, even though the signing of the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I on June 28, 1919, fighting stopped months earlier on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of 1918 when an armistice between Germany and the Allied Nations went into effect. During the November after the war ended in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th to be Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the war which was known at the time as “The Great War”.
On May 13, 1938, Congress approved November 11 as a federal holiday. In 1954 at the request of veterans advocacy organizations, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to commemorate the contributions of U.S. Armed Forces in World War II and the Korean War. Since then, we have celebrated the men and women who have served our country through all of the branches of our military every November 11.
Read more about the history of Veterans Day here: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
The LRC at Coastal Carolina Community College is celebrating veterans by showing the documentary High Ground as one of the movies in this year’s LRC film series. High Ground tracks the story of 11 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they climb Mt. Lobuche, a 20,000 ft. mountain in the Himalayas.
This movie will be shown on Wednesday, November 9th in BT 101 at 1pm. Refreshments will be served!
Learn more about this movie here: http://highgroundmovie.com/thefilm.html
Also, if you are a veteran or an active duty service member, please come by the LRC to put your name on a green light bulb for our Green Light A Vet Wall of Honor. Please see Public Services Librarian Dana Johnson for more details.
If you need a great book to read during the Veterans Day holiday, check out one of these from the LRC!
From the author’s official website: “Valor tells true stories of extraordinary heroism by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a Navy rescue swimmer in the Atlantic. The book is modeled after John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, with nine chapters describing incidents in which these Americans placed themselves in extreme danger to save lives or accomplish a mission. These stories place the reader in the minds of the individual soldiers, sailors, and Marines as they face – and overcome – enormous odds.”
From the authors’ official website: “For Love of Country is a celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.
Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.
The authors honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades; two Marines who sacrifice their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their brothers in arms; a sixty-year-old doctor who joins the Navy to honor his fallen son.”
Happy Veterans Day!