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Women Veterans Day

Happy Women Veterans Day

by Missina Schallus
Communications Manager, VA’s Center for Women Veterans

Women Veterans Day, commemorated annually on June 12, is a day marked to honor women who have served and who currently serve in the United States military. It is not a separate day for women Veterans, it is a tribute to a groundbreaking day when women were acknowledged as essential to the war efforts and could serve in the regular armed forces.

Also known as Women Veterans Appreciation Day or Women Veterans Recognition Day, the date is the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act on June 12, 1948. The law officially allowed women to serve in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Before then, only women nurses could serve in the regular and reserve forces during peacetime.

Women have served in America’s wars and conflicts throughout our history and performed many jobs, playing vital roles in the Revolution, serving as soldiers, raising morale, and spying on the enemy. More than 400 women fought in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

During World War I, about 35,000 women officially served as nurses and support staff, such as the “Hello Girls,” formally known as the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit.

In World War II, 140,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), performing critical jobs, such as military intelligence, cryptography and parachute rigging. In August 1943, the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), which freed male pilots for combat roles, and Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) merged into a single unit for all women pilots, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who flew more than 60,000 miles in two years. During this time, the 6888th Battalion was formed as the only all-Black WAC unit to be deployed overseas during WWII. Their nickname was “Six-Triple Eight” and their motto was “No Mail, Low Morale.”

Today there are still many women Veteran history lessons to be taught. The first Women Veterans Day was celebrated on June 12, 2018, and it is currently a state-recognized commemoration in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Happy Women Veterans Day

Four Chaplains Day

Four Chaplains Day Feb. 3, 1943 - Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Today we pause to remember Four Chaplains Day in honor of military chaplains George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling, and John P. Washington. On February 3, 1943 these four men found themselves on the SS Dorchester headed to Greenland with over 900 other military servicemen, civil workers, and merchant marines. At 12:55 a.m., the ship was hit by a German submarine torpedo and began to capsize. The water was frigid and panic set in fast. The Four Chaplains not only worked together to help calm the passengers and distribute life jackets, but also gave their life jackets to others when the supply ran out. As the ship went down, the chaplains began to sing hymns in harmony and pray. 203 men of the 902 survived. The Four Chaplains went down with the ship after saving everyone they could. Learn more

Cobb Veterans Memorial will permanently honor the service and sacrifice made by all veterans and their families.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor
This day of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was proclaimed by FDR as one that would “live in infamy.” The first wave of the assault of torpedo, bombers, and fighter planes began at 07:55 a.m. The attack killed over two thousand Americans, destroyed 188 aircraft, destroyed battleships Arizona and Oklahoma  and damaged numerous others.
The attack followed over a decade of growing tensions between the U.S. and Japan and led to the Dec. 8, 1941 U.S. declaration of war on Japan that got the United States involved in WWII. (read more…)

This assault on America forever changed not only the lives of so many soldiers and their families nationwide, but also solidified the ongoing relationship of Cobb County, Georgia and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

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Veterans Day Celebration of Service

Join us on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a celebration of service. World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, but the fighting ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 when the Armistice was put into effect by the Allies and Germany. This suspension of hostilities was considered at the time to be the end of the war to end all wars. One year later, the Armistice was celebrated by the nation and in 1938 became a national holiday.

Armistice Day was to be a day in which our Nation paused to honor all the Veterans of WWI. However, after WWII and the Korean War, the Nov. 11 commemoration was changed to honor all veterans of all wars.

History of the Holiday

In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the national holiday name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In June 1968 under President Johnson, the official day of celebration was modified by Congress in the Uniform Holidays Bill to be the fourth Monday in October. The hope was that the long weekend would stimulate the economy with travel and other celebrations. The first Veterans Day under this new bill was celebrated on Oct. 25, 1971.

Although Oct. 25 was the first new Veterans Day date, many states decided to continue commemorating veterans on Nov. 11. It took about four years for Congress to realize that U.S. citizens honored the significance of what happened on Nov. 11, 1918 and were going to continue to celebrate Veterans Day on that historic date rather than the day stipulated in the Uniform Holidays Bill. On Sep. 20, 1975, President Ford signed another bill to return the celebration of the Veterans Day national holiday to Nov. 11th of each year, starting in 1978.

To this day, countries around the world still celebrate veterans on Nov. 11. The name of the holiday may vary, but sentiments for the service and sacrifice of veterans remains the same.

Cobb County History

In Cobb County Georgia, Veterans Day has been celebrated with parades and festivities for many years. Cobb County has a long history of military service to include the armistice of WWI, when the significance of the holiday began.

Headlines on the Cobb County Times reported the casualties of WWI. Cobb County not only contributed in lives, but raised thousands of dollars in one day to support the United War Work Fund, a fundraising effort to help with the demobilization of the war and funding of the subsequent occupation. 

Cobb County is proud of its rich history and service to our Nation. This history is the story of why and for whom the Cobb Veterans Memorial is being built. Help us continue to honor and celebrate the legacies of all those who serve.

References Editors. (2021, November 8). Veterans Day Facts. Retrieved from History,com:

Staff Reporter. (1918, November 14). Cobb County News. Retrieved from MDJ Archives Services:

Signing by the President Upon Signing the Uniform Holiday Bill (June 28, 1968):

The History of Georgia in WWI. (2020, September 29). Retrieved from The United States World War One Centennial Commission:

Local Cobb County News Archives. Retrieved from Marietta Daily Journal Online Archives (1866-October 1998)

The Great War and Catholic Memory. The United War Work Fund:

The Battle that Broke Germany

Sgt. Earnest W. Davenport - Meuse River–Argonne Forest offensive in France

Cobb County suffered lost sons in the Great War. One-hundred and two years ago, on October 15, 1918, Sergeant Earnest Willie Davenport was killed in action in the Meuse River–Argonne Forest offensive in France. Sergeant Davenport was a son of Acworth, GA. He was twenty-five years old at his death.

The battle he died in is, of itself, a remarkable piece of history. The battle lasted forty-seven days, from the 26th of September 1918 to the last day of the War, on November 11, 1918. The Offensive itself was massive, the largest in American history, and involved more than one-million Americans. More than 26,000 American lives were lost during this extended battle.  

General Pershing, as American Commander-in-Chief during this closing phase of the War, wrote an illuminating history in 1919 that gave insight into the circumstance and military thinking of this great offensive. America, and its Expeditionary Force, played a decisive role in bringing Germany to a realization that surrender was inevitable. He communicated to Americans from Europe regarding our purpose there. This short clip is captured on the web site, a multimedia history of World War One:

Jack Pershing – From the Battle of France

The Muese River-Argonne Forest offensive was the decisive battle, coming on the heels of Germany’s defeat on the Bulgarian front, and made clear to the German High Command that the War was lost. As is so often the case, the War had, in fact, been lost well ahead of the cessation of hostilities.

Cobb lost, at least, thirty-two soldiers during the First World War (WWI). The names of those lost as well as the Cobb communities they called home, have been captured by the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission as part of the larger Centennial Commission effort to capture and illuminate the history of WWI.


Mars Hill Cemetary, Acworth GA

Acworth, Georgia is the home of the beautiful Veterans Memorial at Patriot’s Point, located in Cobb County at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. 

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Veterans day: A Short History

Cobb County Times Nov. 14, 1918

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice took effect and what was to become known as World War I ended. One year later this Armistice was celebrated by the nation on the anniversary of this date and in 1938 would become a nationally recognized holiday called Veterans Day.  

Georgia contributed much to this war effort with over 100,000 serving or in support roles. It is estimated that more than 3700 Georgians died in the conflict. Cobb County was not spared casualties. On the front page of the Cobb County Times for November 14, 1918 where the Armistice was reported, four soldiers with ties to Cobb were reported to have perished in the fight.

Not only did Cobb pay in lives, the County contributed dollars in support of the United War Work Fund. On this same day in 1918, it was reported that over $6000 dollars was raised in Cobb County in one day, from a population of fewer than 30,000 citizens. While a modest amount in today’s dollars, $6,000 in 1918 would be worth $112,000 in 2020. 

Cobb County is, rightfully, proud of the service their Soldiers and their community has provided the Nation. This series will reflect on this deep history by drawing on the written, imagery and oral remembrances of those who have called Cobb a home or enjoyed its graces. 

This living history is dedicated to recording the story of why and for whom the Cobb Veterans Memorial is being built. Readers are encouraged to add their stories of service in the Comments. Help us build this Memorial as a dedication to service and a rich legacy for Cobb and the Nation.

References Editors. (2019, November 11). Veterans Day Facts. Retrieved from History,com:

Staff Reporter. (1918, November 14). Cobb County News. Retrieved from MDJ Archives Services:

The History of Georgia in WWI. (2020, September 29). Retrieved from The United States World War One Centennial Commission:

Local Cobb County News Archives. Retrieved from Marietta Daily Journal Online Archives (1866-October 1998)