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A History of Veterans Day

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter A day dedicated to American veterans of warsFrom The History Channel On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom The Great War and Armistice Day Though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, November 11 remained in the public imagination as the date that marked the end of the Great War. In November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The day’s observation included parades and public gatherings, as well as a brief pause in business activities at 11 a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Congress had declared the day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On the same day the previous year, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations” and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day. By that time, 27 state legislatures had made November 11 a legal holiday. An act approved May 13, 1938, made November 11 a legal Federal holiday, “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” In actuality, there are no U.S. national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own, and the government can only designate holidays for federal employees and for the District of Columbia. In practice, however, states almost always follow the federal lead. Celebrating Veteran’s Day around the world Britain, France, Austalia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here From Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.The next development in the story of Veterans Day unfolded in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which sought to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees–and encourage tourism and travel–by celebrating four national holidays (Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) on Mondays.The observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October. The first Veterans Day under the new law was Monday, October 25, 1971; confusion ensued, as many states disapproved of this change, and continued to observe the holiday on its original date. In 1975, after it became evident that the actual date of Veterans Day carried historical and patriotic significance to many Americans, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978. If November 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday, respectively. TAGSArmistice DayVeterans Day Previous articleBright smiles, great music, and a soldier’s inspiring taleNext articleFEMA deadline for federal hurricane aid fast approaching Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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England stars selected for world championships

first_img23 Aug 2016 England stars selected for world championships Curtis Cup players Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson and the Amateur Champion Scott Gregory are included in England’s teams for next month’s World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico. MacLaren and Hewson – who also helped England win the European women’s team championship in July – will be joined by Gemma Clews for the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy. The non-travelling reserve is Sammie Giles. Gregory will team up with Jamie Bower and Alfie Plant for the men’s Eisenhower Trophy. All three were members of the GB&I team which retained the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe last month and of the England team which beat France in this season’s biennial international Both championships will be played at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club and Mayakoba El Camaleion Golf Club. The Espirito Santo Trophy takes place from 14-17 September and the Eisenhower Trophy from 21-24 September. Women’s team: Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and was fifth in the Welsh strokeplay. She was in England’s winning team at the Women’s Home Internationals. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Alice Hewson, 19, (Berkhamsted, Hampshire) made her Curtis Cup debut in the winning GB&I team in June. She has been a regular individual winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year. Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) holed the winning putt in this year’s Curtis Cup match. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. This season she has had top ten finishes in the South American Amateur, the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships and in qualifying for the European team championship. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s amateur. Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion, Cornwall) is the English women’s amateur champion and won the 2015 English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship. Men’s team: Jamie Bower, 23, (Meltham, Yorkshire) won the English men’s open stroke play for the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier this season he won twice in South Africa, in the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open, and was third in the African Open. He was in England’s winning team in the 2016 international against France. Scott Gregory, 21, (Corhampton, Hampshire) won the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl and, with it, places in The Open, the US Open and a traditional invitation to the Masters. He went on to reach the second round of the US Amateur and currently leads the England Golf men’s order of merit. Earlier this season he was runner-up in the Spanish amateur and was in the winning England team at the Costa Ballena tournament. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy. He reached the match play stages of the Amateur Championship and has had top tens in the Brabazon Trophy, the Cape Province Open in South Africa and the Berkhamsted Trophy and was 11th in the French amateur. He was runner up in the 2015 English amateur.last_img read more

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Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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News Flash! Tablets Are Not Smartphones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Even outside the home, Forrester’s data reveal that tablet usage is concentrated in “fixed” locations. These include coffee shops, airports and hotels.Whereas smartphones are highly personal devices, used mostly “on-the-go” and in short “snackable” sessions, tablets are more likely to be shared with others inside the home. Tablets are also used for longer stretches of time. Forrester’s data also show that tablet users are wealthier and better educated than typical smartphone users. In addition, tablet users are more likely to discuss their opinions of products on social media and other online services.Forrester’s research also reveals the versatility of these devices. Reading, email, watching video, playing games and taking pictures are all common activities. Across their 15 primary activity categories, browsing the web was most common – undertaken by 68% of individuals polled in Forrester’s survey – and note-taking was least common, though still undertaken by a respectable 26% of respondents. At present, there is no one specific task driving people to purchase a tablet.Though the market is relatively new, the report also suggests that users will embrace tablets for controlling numerous home-based technologies – such as entertainment systems, energy monitoring and more. Tablets As Second ScreensTablets are preferred over smartphones as the “second screen” – i.e., as something else to look at while the TV is on. And it turns out that people also use tablets and smartphones differently as second screens. According to Forrester’s data, web browsing, product research and watching videos online are all more likely to be tablet-based second-screen activities. Social networking and chatting while watching television, however, are the province of the smartphone.This raises an intriguing possibility: Tablets might actually have a big impact television advertising. As a second screen, tablets offer advertisers new possibilities for integrating their marketing efforts across seemingly disparate media. Some app makers are already jumping on this bandwagon.For instance, Shazam just updated its “what’s that song” app to tag and identify live TV events by “listening” to them. On one hand, that lets the app provide more information about the show or sports game you’re watching, including links to related information. On the other, though, the app will also tag the commercials, potentially opening up a new way for advertisers to reach you through the tablet as well as the big screen.It’s not all about play, either. The Forrester study found the people actually report using tablets for “work” surprisingly often. A full 58% of surveyed users report spending an average of 2.5 hours per day on their tablets for work from home. There is, of course, a possibility of responder bias; some people might be inclined to say they’re working on their tablets even if they’re not.Assuming those numbers are solid, though, that finding could provide an opening for makers of apps and even tablet hardware focused on personal productivity. Wait, did someone just say… Microsoft? brian s hall Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You probably already knew this, but a new report from Forrester wants to emphasize this seemingly obvious point: Tablets are not simply larger touchscreen smartphones. There are significant difference in where people use them, how they use them and for how long – all of which have big implications for app developers, marketers, tablet makers and a lot of other folks.As the table market continues its white-hot growth – nearly 50 million tablets were sold last quarter alone – these differences will force  both innovation and disruption in publishing, advertising, retail, gaming and work, as people optimize apps, media and services specifically for tablet use.Tablet Usage: The Little Differences The majority of tablet users use their gadgets primarily in the living room and bedroom of their homes. This is true even for tablets with cellular connectivity, not just Wi-Fi.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#iPad#microsoft surface#tablet Related Posts last_img read more

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