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senate Bill S. 1004

A Nationwide Two Minutes of Silence for Veterans Day

Argument in favor

The country needs to honor and recognize the sacrifices made by veterans from all generations on Veterans Day. Observing two minutes of silence is a thoughtful way to go about that.

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11/11/2015
"Happy Veterans Day. To those who have served, thank you for your special work." [twitter.com/realdonaldtrump]
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11/11/2015
"If patriotism means anything, it means that we do not turn our backs on those who defended us." [twitter.com]
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11/11/2015
"On this day and every day, we thank you." [twitter.com/BarackObama]
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Argument opposed

A moment of silence is a nice gesture, but it really doesn’t do anything of substance to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and members of the military.

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11/11/2015
We have money for wars, but somehow continuously scrambling for pennies to take care of our vets when they come home. Spare us the symbolic gestures and take care of my brothers and sisters needs.
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11/11/2015
Its a platitude and worthless gesture. Fight for VA reform, ending vet homelessness, and helping secure better access to mental health care. As a combat vet I could give two licks about minutes of silence or yellow ribbons. Symbols without real action don't mean much to me.
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11/10/2015
Better yet, put the US Flag on display at your home until sundown. That's more than 2 minutes. Our Veterans deserve recognition every day.
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What is Senate Bill S. 1004?

This bill directs the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the people of the U.S. to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the nation.

The moment of silence would be observed beginning at 3:11 p.m. Atlantic standard time on Veterans Day. For reference, the Atlantic time zone is one hour ahead of the Eastern time zone, and four hours ahead of the Pacific time zone.

Impact

All Americans — especially veterans, Congress, and the President.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1004

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: Veterans Day was created following the end of World War I, which effectively ended with an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first official observance of Armistice Day as it was then known, and Congress officially recognized November 11th as a federal holiday in 1938.

President Dwight Eisenhower — himself a general that led Allied forces in Europe during World War II — worked with Congress to change the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize the sacrifices of service members during World War II and the Korean War. From 1968 until 1978, Congress observed Veterans Day on the fourth Monday in October, but President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user micadew)

AKA

Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act

Official Title

A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to encourage the nationwide observance of two minutes of silence each Veterans Day.

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  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 27th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The senate Passed November 9th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 16th, 2015

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    "Happy Veterans Day. To those who have served, thank you for your special work." [twitter.com/realdonaldtrump]
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    We have money for wars, but somehow continuously scrambling for pennies to take care of our vets when they come home. Spare us the symbolic gestures and take care of my brothers and sisters needs.
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    "If patriotism means anything, it means that we do not turn our backs on those who defended us." [twitter.com]
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    Its a platitude and worthless gesture. Fight for VA reform, ending vet homelessness, and helping secure better access to mental health care. As a combat vet I could give two licks about minutes of silence or yellow ribbons. Symbols without real action don't mean much to me.
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    "On this day and every day, we thank you." [twitter.com/BarackObama]
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    "Our servicemen & women are tough, smart, & courageous, & we are in their debt – on #VeteransDay & every day." [twitter.com/senwarren]
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    Better yet, put the US Flag on display at your home until sundown. That's more than 2 minutes. Our Veterans deserve recognition every day.
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    Veterans deserve to be honored, and this is a meaningful, low cost of doing it.
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    "To all of our veterans—thank you. Your commitment, bravery and sacrifice keeps our country safe." [twitter.com]
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    Should be honored further than that! What other federal holiday exists where students have school? Apparently we are holding a double standard, 1 that says we honor our vets and American heroes and the other that SHOWS that their service and sacrifice isn't equal to any other federal holiday. What does that tell our youth. Actions are louder than words!
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    No harm but this is more appropriate for Memorial Day......if everyone would participate
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    My grandpas and uncle fought for our country I support this bill
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    They deserve at least 2 minutes of silence in honor of their sacrifices and courage to defend the US.
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    "Of our many commitments, we have one sacred obligation—to prepare those we send to war and care for them when they come home. [twitter.com/VP]
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    We need to do better than this. Instead of wasting time on empty gestures, fix the VA!!!
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    A nice and thoughtful idea but unenforceable. How about fixing the VA instead!
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    Waste of time....... If you want to honor vets give them good paying jobs and the best HealthCare
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    What is two minutes when folks didn't have time for us when we came home from Vietnam in the first place. Also no one went out of their way to embrace the Korean vets either.
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    This simple gesture is one way of showing our respect for the men and women who fought so bravely for the safety and people of our nation.
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    Next to no one will at attention. Good in theory only
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