Best of CDA November 6, 2020

Veterans Day

We all enjoy a day off from work or school because of a federal holiday. And Veterans Day is one of those great days. But, not all Americans may know the history behind that date and it’s important to understand the holiday. As well as know how to honor those who have served.

 

The History

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November 11, 1918 was the official end of World War I. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Veterans Day, then known as Armistice Day. Then, in May 1938, legislation was passed declaring that day as a legal holiday and “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” This new holiday was put in place to honor World War I veterans.

In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83 U.S. Congress amended the act, and word “Armistice” was replaced with Veterans. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans.

The Uniform Holiday Bill was signed on June 28, 1968. The purpose was to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating 4 holidays on a Monday. One of those holidays was Veterans Day which was moved to the 4th Monday in October. Although intentions were thoughtful, many states didn’t agree with the decision and continued celebrating these holidays on their original days. Starting in 1971, Veterans Day was celebrated on October 25th.

Finally, on September 20, 1975, it was determined that the “commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance” to many. Therefore, President Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance to its rightful day on November 11th, beginning in 1978 – and has remained until today. This decision was supported by state legislation, veterans service organizations and the American people.

Returning the holiday back to November 11th, not only “preserves the historical significance of the date, but also helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

 

Celebrating Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a day for us all to honor all our military, past and present. If you’re trying to think of a way to do so this Veterans Day, there are plenty of things you could do. Check out of a few ideas:

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1. Show up.

Go to a Veterans day event in your area. Not just a small get together with friends and family, but an actual organized event.

2. Donate.

There are a ton of different organizations that all offer either support, services or appreciation for our veterans. Check out a list here.

3. Fly a flag correctly.

Veterans Day is a perfect day to fly an American Flag. Just be sure you’re do so properly! Check out how to do that here.

4. Ask someone about their service.

We all know somebody who served at some point in their life and Veterans Day is a great opportunity for you to ask about it. Here’s some ideas on a few questions to ask: “What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did?” Be sure not to ask if they’ve killed anyone, that may not be something they want to discuss. Sometimes you won’t even have to say anything, just listen.

5. Write.

If you know a veteran, just simply writing them a letter or post card is huge. If yo don’t know a veteran, write the local military installation and send one there. It will be very appreciated, even if sent anonymously.

6. Don’t confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day & know the difference.

Although similar in nature, these two holidays are different. Confusing or combining the two could diminish the importance of both. Check out the difference between the two below.

7. Visit a VA hospital.

Volunteer and spend some time with veterans at your local VA hospital. Many of the facilities will have an event or lunch that you can assist with.

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8. Take a veteran out.

You could take a veteran & their family to a national park since admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day. Just being outside can boost their emotional well being and improve their physical and mental health.

 

Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day

Although both holidays are similar, they are separated for a reason. Memorial Day is meant for us to remember those who died in service of their country or those who incurred an injury during battle. And although deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, that day is specifically set aside to honor and thank those who are still living. All the veterans who served honorably during both wartime and peacetime.

 

 

Credit: U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs, Military.com & Military.com

Best of CDASummer August 29, 2019

We all Need a Break – Labor Day

Many enjoy Labor Day as a day off from work and the last bit of fun before summer ends. Many forget what it is we are celebrating… it was first created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the contributions and achievements of American workers. That day is set aside for the American worker to have a day of rest and to remember the importance of worker’s rights.

History

During the Industrial Revolution, many people were required to work 12 hour work days for 7 days a week just to make ends meet. In the late 1800’s, labor unions then became more active. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest the unfair wages, work environment and hours.

September 5th 1882 was the first Labor Day celebration. Many workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. 12 years later, on June 26th 1994, the American Railroad Union called to boycott all Pullman Railway cars. This caused a crippling of railroad traffic nationwide. To break this strike, the government sent troops to Chicago. This only caused a wave of riots and deaths of many workers. In an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, congress passed the act to make Labor Day a legal holiday. And on June 28th 1994, President Cleveland signed it into law.

Even after all this time, it is still unclear who the founder of the holiday is. Many credit Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, as the first to suggest it. But, many believe that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, was the first to propose the holiday.

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Labor Day Celebrations & Traditions

The Labor Day celebration has transformed a bit over the years. When it was first celebrated, the focus was on a parade. This was meant to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” and then a festival to follow. As time went on, speeches by prominent people were introduced.

In recent years, the celebrations have really began to change. As parades have become ever more difficult in city centers, the day has focused more on relaxing and having fun before summer is over and kids are back to school.

A common Labor Day celebration in North Idaho is Fall Fest! at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. It’s a weekend filled with beer, wine, cider, live music, and a soda tent for the kids.

Our National Forest

 

Many of us here in North Idaho use this last weekend of summer for family camping trips out in the National Forest. More about our National Forests

 

 

 

 

 

Boating on the lake is a special favorite of ours on this last weekend.  Taking in all the sunshine we can and enjoying live on the lake before kids go back to school and we prepare for fall.  More about Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Others like to take advantage of all of the downtown events to choose from or just a weekend of shopping! Downtown CDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate Labor Day, enjoy your day off!

 

Credit: DOL, History, Constitution Daily