November 2, 2015
8 million! On the Way to 11,111,111 by Veteran's Day
Veteran's Day started with Armistice Day which marked the cessation of hostilities in WWI. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. But one day a year is not enough to recognize all our Veterans have done for us. If you agree, join 8 million of your colleagues and friends, and check out CountDownToVeteransDay.org. It’s a Commission-supported one-stop shop for Veterans Day volunteer activities and opportunities. You can go there to add volunteer opportunities - just click “Link In My Organization” - or to plan your own day of service on November 11.
Remember to use the hashtag #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community. Let's reach 11,111,111 impressions by November 11th as another way to say we remember.
Here to Serve
Joining the Army saved (WWI Commissioner) Freddie Valenzuela’s life, and the retired major general has dedicated the rest of his days to repaying the debt through serving and memorializing fellow veterans. Commissioner Valenzuela was appointed by President Obama. Read more.
Washington State Goes Green
Seattle, WA - The great state of Washington is the most recent state to get a centennial commemoration organization stood up. Congratulations!
Remember, this Thursday, November 5 at Noon EST, we will hold a special State Outreach Collaboration Call with a focus on veterans history projects and the Library of Congress letter and artifact collection programs. We have three expert panelists for this topic: Bob Patrick from the LOC, Andrew Bullen from the Illinois State Library, and Christine Pittsley from the Connecticut State Library. Subsequent collaboration calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Contact a State Outreach Coordination Team member to get on the roster.
Fall Back! DST in the USA started in WWI
In the U.S., Daylight Saving Time – or “fast time”, as it was called then – was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I. The initiative was sparked by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist who had encountered the idea in the United Kingdom. A passionate campaigner for the use of DST in the United States, he is often called the “father of Daylight Saving”.
The seasonal time change was repealed just seven months later. However, some cities – including Pittsburgh, Boston, and New York – continued to use it until President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted DST in the United States in 1942.