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For the final day of our Veterans tribute, I found these moving compilation videos. Every soldier leaves behind someone that loves them and so many people never get to see their loved ones again. What a joy when we can say “Welcome Home”.

 

 

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File:Veterans Day 2012 Poster.jpgU.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

“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.”

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. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, WWII 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 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.

Info courtesy of Wikipedia.

Once again, RS Vacations would like to honor all past and present Veterans for their service to our country and to their fellow man.

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One Google search. That’s all it took to realize that our everyday heroes do extraordinary things. Not only do they put their lives on the line, but they truly help to make our world a better place with all of the charities, large and small, that they support. I thought that for this post, I would let the pictures do the talking.

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Once again, RS Vacations salutes all First Responders – Firefighters, Police, Paramedics, and all others who serve their fellow man in times of crisis.

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RS Vacations appreciates the bravery and service of First Responders. To show our thanks, we offer the following exclusive discount:

To view the pdf version with links, download and/or print this flyer, please click the following link: First Responder Flyer

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This past week I watched the movie ‘The Avengers’ with my family. It was a great movie and had all the action you could want in a superhero movie. As my husband and I were discussing it afterward, we talked about how we had the most respect for the characters ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Hawkeye’, because they were the only two of the heroes that had no superpowers. They are merely highly trained and skilled humans fighting against the forces of evil. They serve humanity because they are courageous and because it is the right thing to do. Having recently commemorated the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, I also began to think about what really makes a hero – in real life.

I still remember getting the phone call from my mother-in-law that September 11th morning. My husband and I were both off that day and were enjoying a rare ‘sleeping in’. The phone rang, and when I answered, she was clearly upset and said “We’re being attacked, turn on the TV”. So we did, and like millions of others, spent the entire day watching, horrified and saddened by the terrible images we saw. The thing that struck me the most that day was not that this had happened (evil is alive and well in this world), but watching hundreds of first responders – firefighters, police and paramedics – rush INTO the destruction while everyone else was running out. They were not running in to save their family members or loved ones. They risked, and in too many cases sacrificed, their own lives to save complete strangers. That is my definition of hero.

The brave men and women from New York and Washington are only a handful of the hundreds of thousands of paid and volunteer first responders that serve us every day in this country. Homes are saved from wildfires, families pulled from wrecked vehicles, dying people saved, violent criminals are hunted and captured, making our cities and towns just a little bit safer; the list goes on. I for one, am thankful for everything they do, every day, to make my life safer. And by the way, just because these people are ‘everyday’ heroes, doesn’t make them any less ‘SUPER’!

We, here at RS Vacations would like to say “Thank You” to our heroes – not only our local Big Bear heroes, but all First Responders around the country and around the world.

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