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2021 Center Point Veterans Day Car Parade

ATTENTION ALL VETERANS

Center Point I.S.D. would like to thank you for your service to our Nation!


 

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2021 Center Point ISD Veterans Day Car Parade





 

A look back at the 2020 Center Point ISD Veterans Day Car Parade

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Veterans Day is a special time for each of us as Americans. It allows us the opportunity to thank you and others who have served our country and defended our freedoms. We hope you will join us on this special day!

Mrs. Jennifer George, CPISD Elementary Principal, 2020 Veterans Day Letter

 

We Want To Thank You For Your Service!

 


 




 

The History of Veterans Day:

At the Eleventh hour, on the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh month of 1918 the Great War concluded. For 4 years, 3 months, and 14 Days a total of 18 nations were embroiled in an international conflict which spanned across multiple stagnate fronts on 3 continents. Within a period of a year, 7 months, and 9 days General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing’s American Expeditionary Force amassed 1.2 Million, out of 4.73 Million, “Doughboys” along the 440 mile Western Front of Europe (Increase of approximately 89% compared to the total of the pre-war American standing army).


 American military involvement as an associated force, following the rupture of diplomatic relations with the German Empire, due to unrestrained submarine warfare on merchant vessels bound to Europe, brought about the necessary turning point of the war in 1917 in favour of the Allied Powers, making the eventual defeat of the Central Powers possible by Armistice Day 1918.


Following the conclusion of the Great War in November 1919 United States President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed on November 11th a commemoration in recognition of those heroic men "who died in the country’s service;” for absolute victory of the United States and the nations of Europe, in the post-World War I era. For a time after 1919 the celebration of Armistice Day was observed with the brief suspension of business, as parades and public speeches beginning at 11:00 a.m.


On June 4th, 1926 the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution:


Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas 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; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to 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.


Act 52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a approved  on May 13th, 1938, made November 11th in the following years to date a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day. Up to 1954 Armistice Day was a day primarily set aside to honour the veterans of the Great War, but with the greater mobilization of America’s forces in the Second World War and Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938; the word ‘Armistice’ was struck out and replaced with ‘Veterans.’ On June 1st, 1954, through the passage of Public Law 380, November 11th became a day to honour American veterans of all wars.


On October 8th President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs, as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee. That day Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, stating "In order to insure {sic} proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."


On June 28th, 1968 the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed into law, ensuring a three-day weekend, for Federal employees, for four national holidays that were to be on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Though the Federal Government believed that this was good for business and commerce, many states, and service organizations, did not agree, and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.


Under this new law the first Veterans Day was observed on October 25th, 1971. It was quite apparent that the bill created much confusion, as the commemoration of Veterans Day was a matter of historic, and patriotic significance, to a great number of our American citizens. After four years of the law’s passage on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479),  removing Veterans Day from the Uniform Holiday Bill, and returning the annual observance of the day back to November 11th, beginning in 1978.


Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11th, formerly Armistice Day, regardless which day of the week it falls on. With its preservation of the historical significance of the day, observance of Veterans Day helps to focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honour all of America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Information from: Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, History of Veterans Day. Veterans Day Facts, Library of Congress: Veterans Day, Armistice Day: World War I ends, Library of Congress: The American Expeditionary Forces, Office of Public Affairs: America’s Wars.