Monday Words for the Soul~November 11~Courage

Veterans Day

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2013: November 11
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb12-ff27.html

Additional Veteran’s Day Sentiments: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/163696/12_veterans_day_quotes_to

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Additional words for the Soul

Because of Grace there is Thanksgiving~November 22

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

“Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on the occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”

Give Thanks PDF from the willotoons blog, which is also a new Blogroll link here at Because of Grace.

The Free Printable “Count Your Blessings Card” described on Ann Voskamp’s blog

Last year’s Thanksgiving post

Happy Thanksgiving!

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