November is the month when we pause to honor all those who put on a uniform and served his or her country in the Armed Forces. The roots of Veterans Day go back to World War One. Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, and that day became Armistice Day, honoring all the troops who died in that conflict.
It wasn’t until 1945 that a Veteran of World War Two named Raymond Weeks urged President Eisenhower to create Veterans Day honoring all those who served. The first national celebration happened in 1947.
Today, we continue that tradition on November 11th, and salute all the men and women who serve our country. Thank you all so much.
The Abraham Lincoln Post 11 would like to show its appreciation for all Charlestown Veterans and active duty personnel by inviting you to a dinner party at our building at 14 Green Street on Saturday the 16th of November at 6:30 pm. This will be a casual evening to meet and greet your fellow veterans from the town. There will be no charge for dinner.
We will have a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to support iPods for Wounded Veterans. We were at Bethesda Naval Hospital last month and distributed over 100 MP3 players and Bose headphones to our wounded troops and hundreds of letters from schoolchildren from around the State. One of the first schools to get involved was the Edwards School right here in Charlestown. Our Christmas trip will be on December 6th and we hope to make it as big a success as last year. Thank you Charlestown for all your support.
Happy Veterans Day brothers and sisters….I hope to see you for dinner on the 16th.
President, Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR