Monday, November 10, 2014

Observing Veterans Day with YOUR Alexandria Campus Library

Veterans Day, observed by Americans since 1919, is a solemn time for citizens to reflect on the service and sacrifices made by military members on behalf of the nation. This holiday was first observed as a way of commemorating the signing of the armistice treaty that concluded the hostilities of the First World War.  In 1938 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day in the United States, and was observed as a date to honor American military members who served in any conflict. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a Congressional Act in 1954 that declared November 11th Veterans Day as a federal holiday meant to honor all living veterans of the American military. The United States pays its respect to those fallen while in service on Memorial Day, which is held on the last Monday in May. 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,1937 Associated Press Image

YOUR Alexandria campus library is pleased to observe Veterans Day in several forms. First, the library will honor veterans by highlighting their voices in literature and film. Secondly, library representative will also be on hand at the Alexandria Veterans and Military Student Resource Office’s “The People Behind the Uniform” program, to thank military members and distribute materials for veterans and their families.

Veterans Day is a day to honor and thank military members. If you know someone who has served, in conflict or in peacetime, take some time to say thank you. Then come into your campus library to learn more about the men and women of the United States military.  

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