Monday, November 12, 2007

Dachshunds and Veterans Day

(click photo to enlarge)
Because Veterans Day fell on a Sunday this year, it is being observed today.
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The above photo is one of the most interesting dachshund related photos we've ever come across, and today is a great day to share it. (Click photo to enlarge). It was taken on a war ship during WWII. Is it the world's first dachshund race? Note the smiles and fascination of the crew as they watch the doxies play. Whatever is going on in that photo, it looks like the doxies provided great entertainment for the ship's crew. Woof!

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