POW/MIA Internet Blackout Day 2004

This Award is issued to this site by the Executive Committee
of the POW/MIA Freedom Fighters Organization,
for it's early and steadfast commitment to our missing Warriors .

November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice which was signed by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of bloody conflict. In November of the next year, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation. Here is the last paragraph, which set the tone for future observances of this day: "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 nation."

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery and a military ceremony was performed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. World War I was not the last war in which American Soldiers fought, and more than four hundred thousand soldiers died in the war following the implementation of Armistice Day.

In 1927 Congress issued a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to issue a proclamation calling upon officials to display the Flag of the United States on all government buildings on November 11, but it was not until 1938 that Congress passed a bill that said each November 11 "shall be dedicated to the cause of world peace and ...hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day." To pay tribute and honor all those who served in American Wars, a proposal was made to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1953.

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day.

In 1958, two more unknown soldiers were brought home (One killed during WWII and the other killed during the Korean War) and were buried beside the Unknown Soldier. Ceremonies took place on November 11th for the three Unknown Soldiers.

In 1984, another unknown soldier (killed during the Vietnam War) was also buried beside the three other Unknown Soldiers. DNA testing identified the remains of the Vietnam Veteran as United States Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie.
Lieutenant Blassie's remains were returned to his family on Friday, July 10, 1998, and were re-intered in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 11, 1998.

Today the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is known as the Tomb of The Unknowns.

The Uniforms Holiday Bill was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to insure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. [The excuse was made that it was thought that these extended weekends would encourage people to travel,and spend more money at recreational outings ect.] Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on the original date.

It became apparent that the commemoration of Veteran's Day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a very large number of citizens and many of the individual state governments. On September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. November 11th is now recognized as a day to pay tribute to and honor all American Soldiers who served our country in the Armed Forces.
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