Monday, November 11, 2013
City Directories and Early Veterans of War
Veteran's Day Includes All Wars
Most of us know the 1919 history of Armistice Day. We may also know that 11 Nov 1938 it became a Federal Holiday to recognize and honor WWI veterans. The recognition of American soldiers was extended to “American veterans of all wars.” 1 June 1954 thanks to President Eisenhower. So that would include the early wars. Early war veterans were most often recognized locally way before Armistice Day, especially in small towns across America.
Using City Directories
Local researchers may find their veteran ancestor featured in newspapers, local town histories, and even in city directories. Families were sometimes elevated to “local celebrity status.”
The 1892 City Directory not only lists the Sons of Veterans information but also the Union Veteran’s Union (Civil War).