On November 11, 2014, we will celebrate Veterans Day, also referred to as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.
At 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice to end World War I became effective.
President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, stating:
“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 nations.”
President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation to observe November 11 each year as a legal holiday in honor of the veterans of World War I, which was said to be the war to end all wars.
On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies, marking victory over Japan (referred to as V-J Day) and the end of World War II. America’s celebration was famously captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt, who photographed a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, surrounded by much celebration. This photograph was printed in Life Magazine.
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower promoted the successful expansion of this national holiday to honor all veterans that served in the U. S Armed Forces.
The Broward County Bar Association has many members who are also veterans. These honorable men and woman have served, and some are still serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces. Among them are Robert Schlorff, a Marine, who was decorated with two Purple Hearts for being wounded twice during his service in Vietnam, and Judge Michael L. Gates, who was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat and a Purple Heart. We salute each and every one of our member veterans on this upcoming Veterans Day.
On September 17, 44 Broward County residents, including judges, lawyers, and students, read the Constitution at the First Constitution Reading Day in Broward County. October was very busy with, seminars, including the First Malpractice Summit on October 10, the Broward County Criminal Law Section Seminar that took place in the jury room on October 17, and the First Annual Roger Staley Memorial Real Property Seminar on October 24. The many hours of planning and great execution of these events made these seminars well worth attending.
John G. Jordan
BCBA President 2014-2015