Wilson Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Veterans Day

Nov 6, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks on the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday, November 11th, America will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Veterans Day, a day to honor to our men and women who have fought to preserve freedom and liberty for generations to come,” said Congressman Wilson. “Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day in recognition of the end of World War I, until President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday to include all veterans in 1954.” “This year we will honor the 25 million living veterans who have fought and the more than one million men and women who have died to ensure freedom and bring about peace in conflicts including World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and today's War on Terrorism. This will be an especially solemn occasion, as our current military are engaged in a fight for democracy in Iraq, a critical battle in the War on Terrorism that we will win to protect the American people from terrorists.” “Since September 11th, 2001, America has been awakened to a greater understanding and appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy here in our great nation. This Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank those who are responsible for protecting our way of life, and have joined in struggles around the world in defense of liberty,” said Congressman Wilson. ###