Honoring All Who Served

Happy Veterans Day everyone, and an incredibly huge thank you goes out to all who have served- we sincerely appreciate everything that you have done for our country!

Interested in a little history? Did you know that Veterans Day was actually first called Armistice Day? Armistice Day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on November 19, 1919 in order to honor those who fought in WWI, as well as to celebrate the ending of the war. He announced, “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.” Years later, in 1938, a Congressional act was passed that made November 11th of each year a legal holiday- ‘Armistice Day.’ However, the people of America wanted a day to celebrate ALL veterans, not just those who fought in WWI. Finally, on June 1, 1954, ‘Armistice Day’ was officially changed into Veterans Day, so that all of those who have dedicated their lives to the protection of this country could be honored.

All of us here at the Athens Habitat for Humanity would like to show our appreciation for our veterans, so on Monday, November 12, we will be having a 25% off sale at the ReStore. Veterans with proper ID will receive an additional 25% off (so 50% off total)!