Veterans Day

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first Armistice Day. Wilson hoped the day would serve as a reminder to the American people of the terrible cost of World War I, dubbed “the war to end all wars” by the British author H.G. Wells.

Armistice Day parade in Monticello, 1921

Armistice Day parade in Monticello, 1921

 

Armistice Day in Ocala, 1940

Armistice Day in Ocala, 1940

Unfortunately, Wilson’s sentiment did not come to pass. Following the destruction caused by World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress, at the urging of veterans organizations, renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day. Since the change in 1954, November 11 has been recognized as Veterans Day – the official federal holiday that honors those that have served, and those that are serving, in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1985

Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1985

 

Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Tallahassee, 1987

Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Tallahassee, 1987

 

Governor Jeb Bush on Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1999

Governor Jeb Bush on Veterans Day in Tallahassee, 1999

Fourth of July Celebrations in Florida

Join a parade in Deland in 1884. Then head to Daytona Beach in 1896. After an eating contest in 1905, try your luck at a greased pole climbing contest in 1989!

Fourth of July parade on Boulevard Street: DeLand, Florida (1884)

 

Fourth of July celebration on the beach: Daytona Beach, Florida (1896)

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Emancipation Day Celebrations in Florida

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War and two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln. For this reason, Emancipation Day in Florida is traditionally celebrated on May 20th.

Henry White playing guitar at an Emancipation Day celebration (193-)
Henry White playing guitar at an Emancipation Day celebration (1930s)

 

Annual Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (between 1922 and 1927)
Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)
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Happy Halloween!

Take a look at Halloween in Florida through the years!

Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida (1987)

Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida (1987)

Local restaurateur Pam Maneeratana displays three intricately crafted pumpkins carved using a technique called Kae-Sa-Luk, a 700 year-old art carving method from Thailand.

Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1966 or 1967)

Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1966 or 1967)

Photographer Roy Erickson chronicled life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida (1972)

Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida (1972)

Photographer Donn Dughi grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is his daughter, Leslie.

Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes: Orlando, Florida (ca. 1932)

Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes: Orlando, Florida (ca. 1932)