Monday, November 7, 2016

Veterans honored at Kiwanis Luncheon

Our Kiwanis Club met this noon at the Nebraska National Guard Museum and hosted the Veterans Luncheon. While the Club has hosted the Veterans at a regular meeting near Veterans Day for a number of years, this was the first Kiwanis meeting held at the Museum. The Kitones sang and Walter G. Weir presented a very inspiring message. A Vietnam Veteran himself, he told of being directed to change out of his uniform before traveling home after being mustered out because of public opinion about the war. And, how he had been home for several years before anyone expressed their appreciation for his service. He cited the history of Armistice Day going back to November 1919. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after WW II had required the greatest mobilization of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans".  With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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