11-11-11: WW I Armistice Day and Veteran’s Day

The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation is working to build a 20-acre memorial in Kansas City, KS to honor every fallen serviceman since the first Gulf War in 1991.

Proposed American Fallen Warrior Memorial Final Design

The organization said that it took forty years before the Viet Nam Memorial was started. It has now been twenty years since the first Gulf War and that’s too long. When finished, this 20-acre Memorial will be the largest in the world.

If you wish to donate to the building fund or to the Gold Star fund, the information is available at the website.

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Contrary to popular belief, today was not originally Veterans Day.  It was and still is Armistice Day, a federal holiday approved by Congress on June 4, 1926.  President Eisenhower changed that by proclamation on October 8, 1954. In that proclamation, he designated November 11 to also be Veterans Day.  That proclamation was later ratified by Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250) or the Uniform Holiday Bill in 1968.

Rather than go on about my point that Armistice Day has been effectively overlooked since the proclamation and the public law above, I direct you to my blog post from November 11, 2010, Let’s Really Remember Veterans’ Day.  It’s worth the time for you to read it in my opinion.
                          

Welcome home, Captain Speicher

The Defense Department has announced that the remains of Navy Captain, Scott Speicher have been recovered in Anwar Province, Iraq with the help of some Iraqi citizens. Details here.

Captain Speicher was the first casualty in Gulf War 1. His aircraft was downed on the first night of Desert Storm to an Iraqi missile. From Wiki comes this description of the incident.


Then LCDR Scott Speicher was flying an F/A-18 Hornet fighter when he was shot down 100 miles west of Baghdad, on the night of January 16, 1991, the first night of Operation Desert Storm.[2][1] His plane crashed in a remote, uninhabited wasteland[2] known as Wadi Thumayal. He was the first combat casualty for American forces in the war.[2]

The day after the shoot-down, Speicher was placed on MIA status.[10] On May 22, 1991, after the end of the Gulf War, Speicher’s status was changed to Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR).[10]

Welcome home, Capt. Speicher.