University of Missouri

49-25: An Act to Honor and Remember Veterans

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-25

An Act to Honor and Remember Veterans

PURPOSE: To show MSA’s support for our veterans who have given wholeheartedly in not only establishing us as a sovereign, independent nation; but also in keeping us a free people and ensuring our rights through their service, loyalty, and dedication to our great country, the United States of America.

WHEREAS, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918, after four years of bloodshed, the Allied powers signed a cease-fire, or armistice, with Germany, bringing World War I to an end, and

WHEREAS, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day for November 11, 1919, in order to commemorate the men and women who fought in WWI to preserve peace and ensure freedom on the world stage, and

 WHEREAS, a Congressional concurrent resolution issued on June 4, 1926 made Armistice Day a holiday in the United States, stating, “the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed…” and

 WHEREAS, on May 13, 1938, 20 years after WWI ended, Congressional Act 52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a acknowledged Armistice Day as federal holiday stating, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” and

WHEREAS, on June 1, 1954, November 11th emerged as a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars and ‘Armistice’ was stricken in the 1938 Act and replaced with the word ‘Veteran,’ and

WHEREAS, on October 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose…” and

 WHEREAS, November 11th has a significant history and deeply patriotic meaning to this country and holds great sentimental value to many Americans citizens, especially with, according the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 23,442,000 estimated living veterans, and

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri is honoring Mizzou veterans the entire week of November 9th through the 13th with various ceremonies, lectures, and arts events, including, but not limited to: the Call of Duty Tournament; the HUD-VASH Household Goods Drive; a Movie: Taking Chance; the Mizzou Joint ROTC Annual Veterans Day Vigil; the ROTC Parade; the ROTC Ceremony honoring veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States; the Veterans Day Celebration with a wreath-laying ceremony under Memorial Tower; the Free Crafternoon with cards to be delivered to the VA hospital; the Tigers 4 Troops to support the 1140th Military Police Company of Fulton, Mo.; a guest lecture by retired Admiral William J. Fallon of the U.S. Navy; and, lastly, the Third Annual Mizzou Student Veterans Association Banquet.

WHEREAS, interested individuals can find specific event details and locations online at http://livewire.missouri.edu/2009/11/mizzou-honors-remembers-celebr.php, and

WHEREAS, Veterans Day is principally a ceremony honoring those 23,442,000 veterans and showing our genuine appreciation for their service to the United States of America. Nonetheless, there is another side to Veterans Day. We must remember the veterans who are no longer with us, but who so courageously stood up to protect us, so that we can prosper as a free and sovereign nation.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE THAT November 11th is recognized by our body as a Day of Recognition for not only the 23,442,000 living veterans, but for all U.S. veterans of all wars, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Missouri Students Association wholeheartedly thanks and recognizes the Veterans Center, Mizzou Student Veterans Association, and their respective leadership for coordinating the many valuable events planned for this week, as well as the many student and community organizations and volunteers sponsoring and participating in these events, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Missouri Students Association observe a moment of silence immediately following this resolution’s passage on November 11th to honor America’s heroes, our veterans, for their intense patriotism, loyalty, willingness, and their desire to altruistically serve and selflessly sacrifice for the common good of all Americans. The Association invites and encourages other organizations and University entities to participate in their own way at some point throughout the rest of Veterans Week.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cody Ford, AA Committee

Amanda Shelton, MSA Senate Speaker

Garrett Bergquist, Operations Secretary

Ian Krause, Academic Affairs Chairman

Doug Cowing, Operations Committee