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November 9, 2008

by Virginia Scott


Everyone was busy this week with hanging the quilts for our Nov/Dec exhibit and with the preparation for our reception for the Korean Veterans.

The quilts are beautiful and there is still alot of room for more, so if you have a holiday quilt that you would like to show, please bring them to the museum. Holiday quilts are full of color and celebration. The exhibit is delightful. Be sure to include a visit to us to enjoy the creative and craftmanship of our area quilters.

There was over 40 people present Sunday to say thanks to our Korean Veterans. Barry Schoenhals and Paul Laughead presented the POW/MIA table ceremony. Mr. Schoenhals also presented certificates of appreciation to the Korean Veterans. Refreshments and conversation finished the afternoon with a good time had by all who attended.

We still have our sales table for some of our books, so start your Christmas shopping with us. Also remember us a tax deduction , the year is almost over. The newsletter was mailed so if you didn't receive one, you need to pay your membership dues.


I hope you had the opportunity to attend a Veterans Day Observance this week. Veterans' Day is one of few of our National Holidays that is observed on a day other than a Monday. A law was passed in 1968 that changed the national commemoration of Vertans' Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon becan apparent , however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. So in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. The date was chosen because it was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month in 1918 that the allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement (an armistice) with Germany. There were parades and speeches and a moment of silence at the eleventh hour.

Congress officially recognized Armistice Day through a resolution in 1926 and it became an official holiday in 1938. After WWII Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11.

In 1953 townspeople in Emporia , Kansas called the holiday Veterans' Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. A Kansas congressman introduced a bill renaming the holiday to Veterans' Day. In 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans' Day and President Nixon delated it a federal holiday in 1971.

Since the Vietnam War, there are fewer parades but there are still cermonies and speeches and at 11:00 am, most Americans observe a moment of silence , remebering those who fought for peace. (source for this history musings is from a holiday website by Embassy of the United States of America: www.usemb.se/holidays )

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