In the Spotlight: Our Veterans
At Sculpta Lights, our specialty is contemporary lighting, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a true appreciation for history – especially when it comes to the brave men and women who have served our nation. So, as Veterans Day approaches, we’d like to turn the glow of our designer home lighting on an important chapter in our nation’s history.
The History of Veterans Day
World War I still ranks as one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Prior to the rise of Adolph Hitler, it was referred to as the war to end all wars or simply as The Great War. By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France, more than 18 million had died. Another 23 million were wounded.
If you remember reading “All Quiet on the Western Front” or any of the other books detailing the horrid conditions endured by the soldiers during World War I, you might just begin to understand the profound relief associated with the end of the fighting. Even fans of “Downtown Abbey” might have gotten a hint of the horrors of the war.
A treaty ceremony securing the peace took place on June 28, 1919, about seven months after an armistice had brought an end to the fighting between Germany and the Allied nations. The armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Almost 100 years later, we still pause to remember those who serve on November 11.
It’s Not that Kind of Holiday
In 1968, Congress signed the Uniform Holiday Bill. The idea was to ensure that a few federal holidays — Veterans Day included — would be celebrated on a Monday. According to U.S. Department of Defense, “Officials hoped it would spur travel and other family activities over a long weekend, which would stimulate the economy.”
Turns out, we care about our veterans more than we do our three-day weekends. “Within a few years, it became pretty apparent that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. So on Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law (Public Law 94-97), which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978,” the Dept. of Defense explains.
All of us at Sculpta Lights would like to thank our veterans for their service. We manufacture contemporary light fixtures inspired by art work and design elements from around the world and we know that without those willing to fight for our freedoms, our designer home lighting would never shine.