History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

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.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War 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, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, 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.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure 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."

Our second ALL CLUB Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  We encourage all members to participate and hear from each board member.  This is a quarterly meeting held to inform all club members of the club's activities, what has been accomplished in the name of Rotary, and what is planned for our future.  Two-way communication is welcone so you may feel comfortable asking questions.  It will also help you identify where you want to participate - service projects, committees, etc. With the zoom format, you may listen while in your car or sit in an easy chair in your living room.  We have a vibrant club with many individuals volunteering in their own community independently, yet we also want everyone to feel that he or she is part of this organization to make the world a better place.  It van be challenging to be part of an e-club where there are no scheduled in-person meetings.  Therefore it is vital that you plan to participate in our zoom meetings to feel engaged in our club, and feel that you understand what our club is doing in the Rotary world and in our own community.
Valeriy Iakovenko is a Founder of Drone UA and he works at FarmFleet.  He studied at Bogomolets National Medical University and lives in Ukraine.  He is currently displaced from his home in Kyiv due to the war and resides in a safer area where he continues to conduct business.  With his expertise in drones and robots, he is focused on e3nergy independence for every Ukrainian family.  He is a leader in the implementation of spraying drones and agtech solutions in agriculture.  As Valeriy shares his own story of conducting business during wartimes in Ukraine, he describes Ukrainian business as "before" and "after" the war began.  Valeriy participates actively in international conferences, television and radio interviews.  His wife and child have been safely evacuated and they look forward to the day when they may be reunited as a family once again.  The Ukrainians are devoted to their democratic country and the opportunity to do business and live in a free, progressive  and promising country.
Since this will be a Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 17th  and the program will be real-time in Ukraine.   This meeting will be held at NOON CST which will be evening in Ukraine.  Please adjust your times accordingly so as not to miss this interesting program.  This is a unique program so guests are welcome to attend.  
Find your local number:  http://us02web.zoom.us/u/ketLGMK1uv
November, for the E-club of Houston, Community Service focus is food related keeping with a Thanksgiving theme. Even though we are widely dispersed, all of our communities have individuals that are in need and hungry. Please use this time to give back to your community with:
 - food related donations to a local food pantry
 - volunteer at a food pantry
 - join in on a local event that provides Thanksgiving dinners to those less fortunate.
Operation Turkey is a great way to volunteer in a very coordinated effort at multiple locations needing many different skills. The attached email and volunteer needs list is a great way to get involved .... KEYWORDS - GET INVOLVED. It is easy to volunteer for this event at 
Please join in and keep track of your volunteerism through ClubRunner .... Rotarians Make A Difference.
More information from PDG Bob Gebhard, President/Rotary Club of Greater Houston Veterans:
Operation Turkey is less than a month away and we need your help again this year.  Now we need to register all our helpers. We will again have 4 locations 3 of which will have food preparations including smoking turkey, and one will just be food preparation.
The following locations will be smoking turkeys and food prep on Wednesday 11.23.22 from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Thursday 11.24.22 packaging meals and delivering meals from 7:30 to 11:30:
American Legion Post 654
3105 Campbell Road
Houston, Tx 77080
Site Lead: Hector Giron
Elks Lodge #2628
1150 Katy Fort Bend Rd.
Katy, Tx 77493
Lead: Tim Stroud
American Legion Post 521
2221 Preston Road
Pasadena, Tx 77503
Lead: Bob Gebhard
The following location will not be smoking turkeys but will do food preparation on Wednesday and food delivery on Thursday
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 Main St.
Houston, Tx 77004
Lead: Larry Blair
I have attached a list of help needed, so please review it, and come out and volunteer. This year we plan on delivering 8,400 meals to families who are food challenged. To volunteer please go to www.operationturkey.com and sign up. Again, as in the past, on Thursday we will be cleaned up, all meals delivered and have you home by noon to celebrate the day with your family.
We also need help finding families, shelters, churches in your area who are food challenged. If you know of any of the above, please have them go to www.operationturkey.com
This is the largest event supported by District 5890, thanks to our District Governor Mindi Snyder.
Thank you in advance for volunteering to help feed those in need, and for all you do for Rotary and you Communities. If you have any questions, you can contact me or the site leaders directly.
Past President Dick Robie and Barbara Robie, Wind Nguyen and Dr. Nick Giannone all attended the fundraising dinner for Harvest for the Hungry on November 5th at the Lake Jackson Civic Center.  Donations may still be submitted online - facebook.com/H4THTX/.  Anna Cooper, Private Chef from Food Network's All-Star Academy was the guest speaker.  Wind served on the committee and was busy during the event taking photos.
Wind Nguyen will be participating in an art show on December 3 at the Arts & Eats Festival from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  It will be at the Watermark @ Houston Heights.  Organized by the Rotary Club of Houston International the tickets are $35/person.  Enjoy an afternoon of culinary delights (Chef Jason Hunt, Chef Kobi Ishmael and Chef Frederic Larre), an art silent auction, and unique arts & crafts.  This event supports Houston area foster care children.
Cristal Montanez reports that Phase 7 is now complete for Hope for Venezuelan Refugees!  Congratulations on your commitment to helping the "caminantes" from Venezuela in Columbia on the Cucuta-Pamplona Humanitarian Route.  Although the need persists, funding has become increasingly challenging.
Robert Stein has returned from his trip to Italy; Michael and Dree Miller have returned from travels to Turkey; Stan Edward and Kim Rogers were just in the Houston area and Nashville, Tennessee and met Dave Ramsey who gifted her some Dave coffee cups and some books to help with the personal finance classes she teaches in Guatemala.  Kim has learned much about financial management from the Dave Ramsey courses.  Of course, they are also planning their wedding & celebrations for February 1 in Antigua.
Lunch Bunch - Salvador Gonzales enjoys Rotary friendships with a couple of. members of the Rotary Club of West El Paso.  He shares that Rotary D4110 (North Mexico) and D5520 (South Texas and New Mexico) hold bi-district meetings in early September to. plan together for Global Grants.
Lunch Bunch - PDG Ed Charlesworth, Robin Charlesworth, Anais and Buddy Watsky, Rtn. David Smith, Rtn. Wayne Roush and Louella Roush, and some other past members of the now defunct Willowbrook Rotary Club meet every Friday at a NW Houston restaurant "just because" they enjoy the company.
Winners of the pumpkin carving contest at the recent Halloween Social held at the Charlesworth's were Buddy Watsky, Ed Socha and Illya Yefremov.  Special thanks to those who brought the themed food - Anais Watsky, Lynette Wilke, and Isabel Nordin.  Our exchange student and her host family also came.  

Pumpkins Carved for the Halloween Social

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We encourage all members to add our club's calendar to your own so your will be able to effectively plan to attend club meetings and events.
All members are requested to complete the attached survey.  It is important to receive input from our club members periodically to see if there are changes we need to consider to be relevant to all members and their reasons for joining Rotary.  Please try to complete this by September 7th (two weeks).
Billing is delayed as we seek an auto-payment annually.  We hope that most members will participate in the new program to be rolled out next month.  This will greatly simplify the job of Treasurer.  Remember, if you choose to withdraw from the club a written notification to the Board of Directors is required. It is best to do this prior to January 1 or prior to July 1.
Being an active Rotarian not only involves commitment to  the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self", but also a commitment to support our club with payment of annual dues.  Our dues are structured to pay for Rotary International dues, Rotary District 5890 dues, and a small amount for club operations.  We will be sending invoices soon in the amount of $200.   
If you have any questions, please contact PDG Ed Charlesworth, Treasurer.
1.  Donate to a food program this month OR volunteer to prepare or deliver food for Thanksgiving with OPERATION TURKEY.  
2.  Meeting credits - read newsletter, attend All-Club meeting at Tuesday, November 15 or the Speaker Series Thursday evening November 17 @ noon.
3.  Complete Members Survey 
4.  Pay dues of $200 if you have not yet done so.
5.  Add the ClubRunner App to your phone and just reach out and call a member you don't know....yet.
6.  Set up MyRotary on the Rotary International website if you have not yet done so.
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