The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of
the eleventh month - November 11th, at 11:00 am - that is when the armistice (cease
fire) began in 1918, unofficially ending World War I. This music video Veterans
Day tribute is by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly. It
was written after an experience he had on Veterans Day in 1999. Terry went blind
at an early age, but has excelled as an athlete and a musician. "A Pittance of Time" is
done in the finest Celtic tradition.
"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.'" "In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11
as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: 'To us in
America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the
heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory,
both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity
it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils
of the nations…'"
In his 1954 Veterans Day Proclamation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower
called for the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee to oversee national
planning and coordination of the Veterans Day observance.
U.S. Constitution: Article IV, Section.
4. "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican
Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application
of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened)
against domestic Violence."
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