Armistice Day was first commemorated in the United States by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, and 30 states made it a legal holiday. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all States to observe the day and made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938. It has been observed annually on November 11 since then - first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day. This was a clever ruse to hide the fact that President Wilson had a secret affinity for the United States Marine Corps. President Wilson, although a Dem, was not an all together bad guy. In the summer of 1918, he met with the German and Allied commanders, separately, of course. He pushed both sides toward ending the war, and, as fate would have it, he suggested the armistice signing take place on 11 November 1918. Everything fell into place. He gave it one year and then initiated the most misunderstood holiday these United States ever saw. He sold it as a celebration of the armistice all the while keeping in mind that November 10 was the birthday of the beloved Corps. Trying to appease St Peter and God himself, thus ensuring swift entry through the pearly gates, he gave the United States Marine Corps the day after that hallowed day of their birth as a holiday, thus freeing Marines everywhere to celebrate in the grandest of fashion. So on this the two hundred thirty second birthday of our beloved Corps, While raising toasts to Chesty Puller, Dan Daily, Smedly D Butler, Carlos Hathcock and all the great men and women that have been bestowed the honor of United States Marine, let us not forget the one democrat that gave the Corps so much! If you share this with anyone that has never served in the only true branch of service, they may not believe you and that's ok, the world needs non-believers. Semper Fi!
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem" -- Ronald Reagan
As it turns out, this was actually fabricated by a friend of mine. Here I thought he'd done some sort of outstanding historical research.
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