A Partial Year of Veteran's Stories part 2


January 3, 2019

Pine Bluffs Post files

Above: Dalton Fuller, performs for the folks at the Pine Bluffs Senior Center monthly dance.

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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..."

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Sources: Military,com and history.

Veterans have served many months and years away from home. Leaving their families is hard, but being in a foreign country during the Christmas season is sometimes more than unbearable.

It is times like this many Americans have stepped up to the plate, or shall we say the microphone and brought joy and laughter to our overseas troops. To the orient to the South Pacific to the middle east and more, entertainers have jumped on planes, ships and trucks to go on tour and bring some home entertaining to our men and women in uniform.

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) was founded in February of 1941. It's purpose was to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.1

One of the most memorable and longest performers for the USO is Bob Hope.

Hope began entertaining the troops in May 1941 and continued this great service to many troops around the world for nearly fifty years.

He was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1969 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

While there were many Hollywood entertainers "serving" entertaining, a touch of home and Americana, many bands, and other entertainers from across the states were in the USO to serve our troops.

One such USO member was Dalton Fuller.

Fuller, a local musician, veteran and member of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60, spent time in Vietnam entertaining our troops right along side of Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin to name a few.

Fuller, originally from McCook, Nebraska, took his Dalton Fuller Band and the Nebraska Playboys on tour. He served several tours overseas, and even played for King and Queen of Thailand.

Fuller still entertains today. He can be found at the Pine Bluffs Senior Center performing for a local dance on the first Sunday of each month.

Many veterans in the area come and join in on the music, dancing and potluck.

He can tell you how important it is to keep the moral of the troops up.



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