Sen. Kiffmeyer's Column

Mary Kiffmeyer


As we approach Veteran's Day, it is important we remember the history and meaning behind this special day.  Our brave veterans so well deserve a day to recognize their honorable service.
Here is a bit of history on the origin. 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 ended seven months earlier when an armistice 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, is the day chosen to honor the veterans who fought in “the war to end all wars.”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
Selflessly, our veterans have paid those wages time and time again.  Our veterans  have fought back those who threaten our liberty, without regard for their personal  safety.  They have voluntarily traveled thousands of miles, risking their own lives,  for our liberty and so that oppressed strangers might be treated as humans and might someday know  the wonder of freedom. Thanks to the heroic sacrifices of our veterans, America’s independence has  survived two world wars and dozens of military actions. 
As the wife of a Vietnam Veteran; daughter of a WW II Veteran; and a sister of Kosovo, Vietnam, and Iraq Veterans;  I ask you to join me and thousands of others in recognizing  those who have served by saying thank you and consider attending a local Veteran's Day event. Here are some in the area.  If you know of others, please let me know. 
Big Lake:
Independence Elementary School's Veterans Day Program at 1:30 p.m. with reception following
RSVP to Jodi Pawlicki at 263.262.2537 x7176 or
 State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer 123 State Office Building 100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: 651-296-5655 E-mail address: Follow me on Facebook for more information.


SANTA AND HIS HELPERS prepared to give out toys to 111 families at the Food Shelf Monday. The toys were all donated by one local merchant. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

THREE-DIMENSIONAL. Clearview sixth-grader Lizzy Anderstedt is shown with her "Orchid Mantis", a three-dimensional artwork she created in class last year. Art teacher Kathy Gerdts-Senger said her student "may be the most talented child I've ever worked with in more than 40 years of teaching art." (Submitted photo.)

CHOIR DIRECTOR MARY EBANKS presented the varsity choir. Choir members are Cheyenne Backlund, Benjamin Dezelar, Aubrey Hartfiel, Christine Jones, Elain Kolaru, Joey Lindberg, Raina Marsolek, Megan Martin, Elizabeth Miesen, Makenzie Miller, Alexander Prom, Emma Thompson, Jamell Whitelaw, Brittania Wykes and Jillian Yanta. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).