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Birmingham, Alabama: Birthplace of Veterans Day

A granite monument acknowledges WW2 vet Raymond Weeks, who petitioned to have Armistice Day changed to Veterans Day, celebrated in Birmingham since 1947.

710 20th St N., Birmingham, AL
NW corner of Linn Park between City Hall and Boutwell Auditorium on 8th Ave.
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Outdoor upright granite slab engraved with American flags and the name Raymond Weeks.

Veterans Day Founder Monument

Birmingham, Alabama is the birthplace of Veterans Day, starting here in 1947. It was the brainchild of World War II veteran Raymond Weeks, who is honored in Linn Park with a granite monument. Mr. Weeks petitioned Washington to have Armistice Day changed to Veterans Day to honor all veterans of of all conflicts. With the help of General Eisenhower and Congressman Rees, both from Kansas, the day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.

In 2012, both U.S. Houses by proclamation confirmed that Birmingham, Alalbama is indeed the birthplace of Veterans Day. Mr. Weeks was presented the Presidential Citizens Medal by then President Ronald Reagan in 1982, stating that Raymond Weeks was " the driving force" in establishing Veterans Day.

[Mark Ryan, 04/27/2013]

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