Amongst so many notable events and activities during this month, was our honoring of Veterans! Not a day should go by where we take our liberty and freedom for granted. On the backs of our dedicated U.S. military, Soldiers, from all branches of service, active duty, reservist, and retired. Let us never forget our freedoms because of their continued sacrifices.
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.”
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but 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.
On November 11, AMVETS Post 44 (Lifetime member), Jim Closs, U.S. Air Force MSgt (1Sgt), RET. Director, (Emeritus) of Walk of Heroes, Veterans War Memorial organization, in Conyers, GA and its organization sponsored a tribute to Veterans, featuring “Keynote Speaker”, Brigadier Gen. Steve Blandon, U.S. Army, RET.
The Veterans Day Program featured many notable public figures and special guests, among them was:
Oz Nesbitt, Chairman, Rockdale County Commission, Sheriff Levitt, Rockdale County, Soloist Teresa Gordon. The event was well received with a great number of Veterans, family and friends. The event was originally scheduled to be held outdoors at the Veterans War Memorial location, but was relocated to First Baptist Church in Conyers because of the inclement weather.
On November 10, 2023, AMVET member Dazz Spencer, was offered the opportunity to provide photography and video services at the Veterans Golf & Tennis Tournament at Sugar Creek Golf Course, Honoring Quilts of Honor recipients. This event was sponsored in part by the non-profit organization, Greater Works, Inc. located in Decatur, GA. An honorably and fun occasion was had by all.
In November AMVETS Lifetime member Charles E. Wyatt, was featured on the local news channel 11 Alive. Charles shared some of the experiences he had as a Army Soldier during Vietnam. We are very proud of Charles for his wisdom, patriotism and heroism. Thank you Charles, we SALUTE you!
Other Notable Mentions:
RED Shirt Fridays continue to be observed for many of our AMVET comrades. REMEMBER EVERYONE DEPLOYED!
Our own Dazz Spencer, was also interviewed for Women in the Military Veteran’s Special which hopefully will be seen within the near future!
During the upcoming months. Please continue to pray for PEACE throughout the world! Be kind and share a smile. It doesn’t cost you anything.