Today we honor those American veterans who have served our country, putting their lives on the line for our freedom.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, an act approved on May 13, 1938 made November in each year a legal holiday – day a to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be known as “Armistice Day.” It was mainly set aside veterans of World War I, but after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and air men in the nation's history, the 83rd Congress amended the act by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legistlation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
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UNP offers many books that tell the stories of those who we celebrate today, and always.
When We Walked About the Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam by H. Lee Barnes shows what it was like to be a Green Beret, first in the Dominican Republic during the civil war of 1965, and then at A-107, Tra Bong, Vietnam.
An American Soldier in World War I by George Browne is the story of George “Brownie” Browne who was a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, when the United States entered the Great War in 1917. This book is an edited collection of more than one hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fiancée, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his experiences during World War I as part of the famed 42nd, or Rainbow, Division.