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The one who never gets the credit

So many of The Legal Genealogist‘s family members are being honored this weekend in the United States and, particularly, on Monday.


November 11.

Veterans Day.

First proclaimed in November 1919 by President Wilson,1 Armistice Day became a national holiday by statute in 1938.2 In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day.3

It joined the list of three-day-weekend holidays in 19684 but was returned to its original date of November 11th by statute passed in 1975, effective in 1978.5 It just happens to fall on a Monday this year.

A day for our veterans to get the credit they deserve.

All five of my mother’s brothers served in the military, and in their lives all of them were honored. My surviving uncle, my youngest uncle Mike will get his due this weekend, I’m sure.

Cousins by the dozens, in every branch of the United States military except — as far as I know — the Coast Guard.

And five of my own siblings.

All of whom will find themselves feted in one way or another this weekend — but one of whom may find things a little harder than the others.

All five of them can be given the special discounts for veterans if they go out this weekend.

But one of them will probably have to ask for it.

All five of them may park in that special parking spot for veterans.

But one of them will probably get a dirty look for doing so.

All five of them deserve to be thanked for their service.

But one of them will probably have to remind people of the fact of that service.

All five of them wore the uniform of the United States in honorable and voluntary service to this country.

But one of them never gets the automatic credit that the others do even if wearing that “I am a veteran” hat or driving the car with the veteran plates.

So here’s to the forgotten veteran of my family.

Here’s to my sister, Diana, USAF 1966-1970, shown here the day she was sworn in and flew off for a new life as she began her basic training.


Here’s to all of the women who served. And who never get the credit they deserve.

The most forgotten of all our forgotten veterans.

Thank you, ladies, one and all, for your service.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “To the forgotten veteran,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 9 Nov 2019).


  1. Veterans Day,” WWPL Blog, posted 22 March 2019, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum ( : accessed 9 Nov 2019).
  2. “AN ACT Making the 11th day of November in each year a legal holiday,” 52 Stat. 351 (13 May 1938).
  3. “An Act To honor veterans on the 11th day of November of each year, a day dedicated to world peace,” 68 Stat. 168 (1 Jun 1954).
  4. “An Act To provide for uniform annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays, and for other purposes,” 82 Stat. 250 (27 Jun 1968).
  5. “An Act To redesignate November 11 of each year as Veterans Day and to make such day a legal public holiday,” 89 Stat. 479 (18 Sep 1975).
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