Mayor Tom Roach, right and Commander Kevin Lasher American Legion Post #35 place Veterans Day Board Wreath in memory and recognition of veterans past and present this morning at the White Plains Veterans Day Cremony at the White Plains Rural Cemetery.
Mayor Roach with Retired City of White Plains Fire Lieutenant Sgt. Major Doug Withus (left), twenty year veteran of the US Army with combat service in Afganistan, and center, Veterans Day Honoree, Vincent R. Wadden, US Army veteran of World War II.
WPCNR MAIN STREET JOURNAL. Special to WPCNR from William Langham November 11, 2016:
Today is Veterans Day
Please take a few moments today to honor those valiant men & women who serve America in the Armed Forces. Especially remember those who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve democracy and our way of life.
The Council Service Center is closed today, November 11 but the Scout Shop is open.
From the Veterans Administration website:
History of Veterans DayWorld 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.”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.
Department of Veterans Affairs Fast Facts
There are approximately 21.6 million veterans in the United States.
President Barack Obama has requested an appropriation of $182.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 2017 Budget.
Among VA operations are 1,221 outpatient sites, 144 hospitals and 300 Vet Centers.
The VA served 5.9 million people in 2015, according to a VA summary of expenditures by state.