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Observing Veterans Day on November 11

9:00 AM, Nov 11, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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One of the many fine features of Veterans Day is that it's observed on the date on which it should be observed.

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This sets it apart from many other holidays in contemporary America. And it wasn't always so. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, moving four national holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) from their historical dates to Mondays, in order to provide American workers and consumers three-day weekends. Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October, and it began to be observed then in 1971. But the public reaction was so strongly negative that Congress acted in 1975 to reverse itself, returning Veterans Day to November 11, effective in 1978.

Conservatives are always told you can't turn the clock back. Not so. In this case, popular sentiment succeeded in forcing Congress to repeal ill-advised legislation and restore a practice that was in accord with American tradition. So let this Veterans Day remind us above all to pay tribute to our veterans past and present. But let it also remind us that we the people can insist on the repeal of "progressive" legislation, and that a devotion to American history and freedoms can triumph over an unholy alliance of progressive social engineering and short-sighted business interests.   

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