Veterans Day: A Brief History

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since and honors all veterans.

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Posted on November 11, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. 1 Percenters

    Senator Mike Lee introduced the Rebuilding America Act, legislation that will permanently increase incentives for American companies to invest overseas earnings back in to the U.S. economy. Under Lee’s legislation the effective repatriation tax rate would be set at 5% down from 35%. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Jim Risch (R-ID) are co-sponsoring the bill.

    “If you brought $1.5 trillion back to the United States of America, it’s bound to have some positive effect somewhere,” McCain said, “I don’t see how it would not. Even if they buy more yachts and … corporate jets and all that, it’s bound to have some effect.“

    The veterans bill, passed by the Senate 94-1, would provide tax credits for firms that hire unemployed or disabled vets. But DeMint opposed the legislation, arguing that the tax breaks won’t encourage hiring and amount to the government picking winners and losers. At one point, he said, “We’re pandering to different political groups with programs that have proven to be ineffective.”

  2. “I’ll probably be accused of not supporting veterans by the politicians pandering for their votes.” said the effeminate teabagging DeMint: Tax cuts are useless and Republicans don’t care for special interest groups (who aren’t big campaign donors).

  3. Thank you, Veterans.

    (Jim DeMint will likely choke on a karma mint like W choked on a pretzel.)

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