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Plymouth Settlers

‘Thanksgiving’ is a holiday celebrated in the ‘United States’ on the fourth thursday in November. It became an official federal holiday in (1863), when, during the ‘Civil War’, President ‘Abraham Lincoln’ proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”.

Also, there are reports that the original ‘Thanksgiving’ proclamation was signed by ‘George Washington’. As a federal and public holiday in the ‘United States’. ‘Thanksgiving’ is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with ‘Christmas’ and ‘New Year’, ‘Thanksgiving’ is a part of the broader holiday season.

‘Americans’ commonly trace the ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday to a (1621) celebration at the ‘Plymouth Plantation’, where the ‘Plymouth’ settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

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1919 / Nov. 11

‘Veterans Day’ is an official ‘United States’ holiday that honors people who have served in the ‘U.S. Armed Forces’. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.

‘Veterans Day’ celebrates the service of all ‘U.S. military’ veterans. U.S. President ‘Woodrow Wilson’ first proclaimed ‘Armistice Day’ for November 11 (1919). The ‘United States Congress’ passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4 (1926), requesting that President ‘Calvin Coolidge’ issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.

In (1945), ‘World War II’ veteran ‘Raymond Weeks’ from ‘Birmingham’, ‘Alabama’, had the idea to expand ‘Armistice Day’ to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in ‘World War I’. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. ‘Dwight Eisenhower’, who supported the idea of ‘National Veterans Day’. Weeks led the first national celebration in (1947) in ‘Alabama’ and annually until his death in (1985).

President ‘Reagan’ honored ‘Weeks’ at the ‘White House’ with the ‘Presidential Citizenship Medal’ in (1982) as the driving force for the national holiday. ‘Elizabeth Dole’, who prepared the briefing for President ‘Reagan’, determined ‘Weeks’ as the “Father of Veterans Day”. U.S. Representative ‘Ed Rees’ from ‘Emporia’, ‘Kansas’, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress.

President ‘Dwight D. Eisenhower’, also from ‘Kansas’, signed the bill into law on May 26 (1954). Congress amended this act on June 1 (1954), replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans” and it has been known as ‘Veterans Day’ since. ‘The National Veterans Award’, created (1954), also started in ‘Birmingham’.

Congressman ‘Rees’ of ‘Kansas’ was honored in ‘Alabama’ as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make ‘Veterans Day’ a federal holiday.

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We Under The Flag

‘Flag Day’ is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the ‘United States’, which happened on that day in (1777) by resolution of the ‘Second Continental Congress’. In (1916), President ‘Woodrow Wilson’ issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as ‘Flag Day’; in August (1949), ‘National Flag Day’ was established by an ‘Act of Congress’.

On June 14, (1937), Pennsylvania became the first (and only) ‘United States’ state to celebrate ‘Flag Day’ as a state holiday, beginning in the town of ‘Rennerdale’. ‘New York Statutes’ designate the second Sunday in June as ‘Flag Day’, a state holiday.

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During ‘National Flag Week’, the president will issue a proclamation urging ‘United States’ citizens to fly the ‘American’ flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings.

Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of ‘America’ national flag and everything it represents. The ‘National Flag Day Foundation’ holds an annual observance for ‘Flag Day’ on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, singing of the national anthem, a parade and more.

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