13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
November 6, 2016
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
A fun afternoon on Sunday with a reception for Debbie Simpson and a program by Otis Shearer on WWI. With an attendance of more than 50 people, everyone enjoyed visiting with Debbie and seeing her art work. Mr. Shearer program on the local impact of WWI on Lipscomb County was very informative and we increased our knowledge on who served in WWI. This information will be added to our archival file. The afternoon was a wonderful end to this year's programs.
We will be spending the next two weeks completing necessary tasks before our Thanksgiving and Christmas break. If you haven't visited our latest exhibits please do so before we close.
We are beginning our plans for next year so if you want to have an exhibit or want to recommend someone give us a call.
This Friday is Veteran's Day. The origin of Veteran's Day began in 1921 when an unknown World War I American Soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America's veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey, in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day”.
After Two more conflicts or wars, Representative Edwin K. Rees of Kansas proposed changing Armistice Day to Veterans Days, and make it an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.
On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of WWI. One was killed in WWII, the other in the Korean War. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from the Vietnam War was placed alongside the others. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, An Army honor guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (the Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
Efforts were made to change the observance to Monday when other holidays were changed, but it failed and the observance and its historic significance remains on November 11.
To all our veterans we honor you on this day. Thank you for your service to our country.
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