NOW, THEREFORE, I, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the sea, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.…
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a legal holiday in the United States in 1938. June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
As you celebrate Veterans Day this year, please take a few moments to honor the African American men and women that served in the United States Military during peace time as well as times of war, to include the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War, the Civil War, the Spanish–American War, the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Remember the sacrifices of those that served in segregated units like the Buffalo Soldiers (9th & 10th Cavalry and the 24th & 25th Infantry), the Tuskegee Airmen (32nd Fighter Group), 92nd & 93rd Infantry Divisions, 2nd Cavalry Division, 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the Marine Corps 51st & 52nd Defense Battalions, and many others.
Dedicate a few minutes to learning more about the veterans that made Allensworth their home. Allen Allensworth, chaplain of the 24th Infantry Regiment from 1886 to 1906. As well as Sergeant James Phillips and Sergeant Frank Smith.