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Some analysts question whether Office Depot plan will rejuvenate company – Sun Sentinel #business

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Some analysts question whether Office Depot plan will rejuvenate company

Office Depot plans to close 300 more stores

Office Depot announced Wednesday plans to close 300 more stores nationwide over three years. CEO Roland Smith said the company is making good progress despite the disruption from the year-and-a-half long merger attempt with Staples.

Office Depot announced Wednesday plans to close 300 more stores nationwide over three years. CEO Roland Smith said the company is “making good progress” despite the disruption from the year-and-a-half long merger attempt with Staples.

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Office Depot stock gets bounce but long-term turnaround in question

One day after Office Depot CEO Roland Smith offered his first glimpse at how he intends to turn around the Boca Raton-based retailer, some industry analysts said they were, for the most part, not wowed by the plans.

They agreed, though, Smith had done what he had to do to boost Office Depot’s fallen stock.

Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder says Office Depot’s $250 million cost-savings plan, announced Wednesday, does little to really reinvent this company.

In his report on the retailer on Thursday, Binder said a second round of store closures 300 on top of the 400 already closed is, not surprisingly, part of the the new strategic plan.

Retail analyst David Marcotte said he also was not surprised by any of Smith’s cost-cutting or future plans. However, by initiating a dividend and announcing strategies that boosted the stock, Smith made a successful move to deal with investors in a very difficult market. At the end of the day, you have to take care of investors, Marcotte said.

Office Depot’s store of the future

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Bethany Simpson, center, helps customers at the Office Depot in Margate on Wednesday. This location offers services such as professional printing and a business pro section that is designed to cater to business owners.

Bethany Simpson, center, helps customers at the Office Depot in Margate on Wednesday. This location offers services such as professional printing and a business pro section that is designed to cater to business owners.

(Randy Vazquez / Sun Sentinel)

Office Depot stock rose 6 percent on Wednesday and closed at $3.51, up 3 cents or 0.86 percent, on Thursday. The stock has a 52-week range of $3.11 to $8.09. In May, both Office Depot and Staples’ stocks plummeted after their failed merger.

Mike Baker, analyst with Deutsche Bank Research in New York, said in a report Thursday that Office Depot has a well thought-out and reasonable plan to improve their business trends. We think they are heading in the right direction.

Still, Deutsche maintains a hold on the stock because Office Depot continues to fight market-share losses that are leading to sales and profit declines. Jefferies also rates the stock a hold rating.

Beyond cost cutting, Office Depot also is launching Business Select, a special program to better serve small businesses; increasing its product line in janitorial and break-room supplies; and further investing in education-related sales.

Office Depot and Framingham-Mass.-based Staples ended their planned merger on May 16 after an 18-month challenge by regulators. A U. S. District Court judge gave the Federal Trade Commission a preliminary injunction to block the merger and Staples and Office Depot decided not to fight it.

Moving forward, Smith said one plan is to focus on smaller format stores with special services for small businesses and a curated selection of products. Four stores of the future have been rolled out, including one at 5500 W. Sample Road in Margate, he said.

Office Depot said it would expand the new format to 24 stores this year and 100 in 2017.

Marcotte said smaller stores are cheaper to run, with less labor, and easier to close if they don’t work out. The larger format stores that Office Depot currently has are expensive to close.

In its conference call Wednesday, Office Depot said it had expected a lower transfer rate of customers than the 30 percent it saw with the 400 stores it closed as of its second quarter.

While Office Depot swung to a quarterly profit compared with 2015’s second quarter loss, the retailer saw a 6 percent sales drop to $3.2 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the same quarter in 2015.

Marcotte said rival Staples hasn’t instituted many changes since the merger failure, except dropping Staples Connect, its proprietary smart-home and office product. He said Staples already has smaller format stores.

Staples is scheduled to announce its second-quarter earnings on Aug. 17.

Longtime Staples CEO Ron Sargent stepped down June 14. Company veteran Shira Goodman was named interim CEO while executive recruiter Korn Ferry conducts a search for a permanent successor.

Office Depot lost one of its own top executives recently. Chief legal officer Elisa Garcia resigned, effective Aug. 17. Macy’s announced her appointment as its chief legal officer.


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How to Finance a Franchise Purchase – Small Business #business #consultants


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How to Finance a Franchise Purchase

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  • Be prepared to put down about 20% of the cash you will need from personal funds.
  • If conventional lenders turn you down, look into an SBA-backed loan.
  • Consider tax implications if you’re considering tapping a retirement plan.
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    Commercial banks fund many franchises, so look to these lenders first. The single most important issue in landing bank financing is your credit rating. You will need to present a complete loan package including a personal financial statement, copies of personal tax returns for three years, and verification of the source of your down payment.

    Bankers favor businesses with brand names and long track records of consistent cash flow, so your choice of a franchise system can help or hurt you. Ventures with few locations are less attractive, in part because they lack proof that they can do well in all types of areas or economic climates.

    Bank loans unsecured by collateral are relatively rare, even for those with good credit. In addition to securing a loan with a mortgage on your home or other asset, be ready to be asked to put your own money into the deal, typically about 20% of the amount needed. Even with healthy businesses and solid collateral, most bank loans to new franchisees occur when a borrower has established relationships with a banker, or has previous experience, or is a figure in the community. If that’s not you, consider a loan backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    SBA loans are partially guaranteed by the government, making them less risky. The standard SBA loan for franchisees is known as the 7(a), which is issued by a bank or other qualified lender, and partly guaranteed against default by the government. Because of that backing, such loans are seen as relatively low-risk.

    SBA loans of five- to six-year maturities can provide short-term working capital and equipment. Real-estate loans can run for 20 years or more. About 10% of all SBA loans go to franchisees, with the size running between $250,000 and $500,000, and maximum of $2 million. Most of that money is for franchise entry fees, improvements or working capital. Borrowers must be creditworthy, typically must contribute some equity, and are expected to repay the SBA loan out of the franchise s cash flow.

    Many SBA loans carry fluctuating interest rates. While the actual rate is negotiated between the bank and the borrower, it s subject to SBA maximums, which are tied to the prime rate. While a low rate may be attractive initially, make sure you can generate enough business to cover the payments if the rate rises.

    Another government lending program involves the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program, called Patriot Express because of its relatively fast approval time, makes loans up to $500,000 to active-duty military preparing to transition to civilian life, as well as to spouses and survivors of veterans. The loans come with the SBA s lowest rates.

    A few franchisers offer internal financing. For example, a company may defer a portion of the initial franchisee fee, essentially financing the deal. Interest rates are likely to seem high compared to other options. However, you may not have to put up collateral.

    Sometimes it makes sense to tap 401(k), Individual Retirement Account or other retirement funds rather than seek a loan. But rather than just taking an early withdrawal, which may be subject to taxation, you may want to consider setting up a C corporation that will own and operate the business. Then roll over money from your self-directed retirement account into that corporation s profit-sharing plan and direct that those funds be invested into the franchised business. But this is a risky option: If the franchise fails, your retirement fund can be wiped out. Check with a professional on possible tax implications, and consider the tradeoffs carefully.

    Related WSJ Articles and Blog Posts:

    Online Tools:

    • Franchise Opportunities Directory — A database of more than 1,200 franchise systems, searchable by industry, keyword, start-up cash, investment and other criteria, from the International Franchise Association.
    • The Franchise Registry — A searchable database of franchises whose Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications receive a streamlined review, from franchise information and analysis provider FRANData and the SBA.
    • VetFran Directory, from the International Franchising Association — A list of more than 250 franchise companies offering financial incentives to veterans who have been honorably discharged.

Additional Resources:

  • Finance Start-Up Guide — A list of links to information about small-business funding, from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program Overview — An introduction to the most-used type of loan of the SBA’s business-loan programs.

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Promoting and advertising your business

Promoting your business is an ongoing activity that involves everything from word of mouth, to trade shows, to paid advertisements in the media. Once you have developed your marketing plan and are ready to choose your promotional techniques, the resources below may be helpful.

General resources

Choose the type of advertising that matches your marketing budget and follow some of BDC ‘s best practices for advertising.

Build your road map for finding and keeping customers with this free marketing plan template.

Learn how to measure the results of your advertising so you know which styles, methods and media to use.

Learn how to create a website so you can attract more customers to your business.

Online marketing techniques like social networking, emailing and blogging are useful and involve little to no direct costs.

This free guide can help you develop a social media strategy for your business to attract, engage, and retain customers.

Increase your visibility among domestic and foreign buyers by registering on this free promotional database of over 50,000 Canadian companies.

Become a certified Aboriginal or minority-owned supplier or register to access these suppliers and benefit from inclusive supply chain practices.

Handing out promotional material is an important marketing activity, even in an online world.

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Find out how you can set up a business improvement area and the possible benefits for your business.

Learn how to spread the word about your business.

Participating in trade shows can be worthwhile if you choose the right ones, prepare well, and follow up.

Discover the advantages of marketing your business with email.

Find out what signs mean for your business, and how to use them to your advantage.

Find out about business solutions that could help your small business manage shipping, e-commerce, marketing and more.

Industry-specific resources

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Learn how to attract customers to your tourism business through Internet and social media marketing.

Register your business as a potential supplier of goods and services for the shipbuilding industry.

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Find out how to become a supplier to the shipbuilding industry in the Atlantic provinces. This also includes building and repairing ships.

Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

Promote your high-quality, distinctive Newfoundland and Labrador craft, gift and apparel products through this provincial branding program.

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Are you looking to develop wholesale markets for your business’ craft, gift and apparel products? This program could help your venture’s sales growth.

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Learn how to identify tourism opportunities in your region and how to develop and market your new business.

If your Canadian tourism business provides a unique experience for travellers, you could get a chance to market your product for free to key countries.

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Find out how to market your product or service under the Ontario brand and how to reach key tourism markets.

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You may be eligible for funding to help you cover some the costs of commercializing your interactive digital media content.

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You could get financing to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to tourists outside Ontario or Canada.

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Obtain up to $8,000 in financial assistance for the translation of your promotional materials, if your business is located in Atlantic Canada.

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Five months into my #Helen4SG campaign #stockmarket #today


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Five months into my #Helen4SG campaign

I said at the outset that this campaign would be a marathon, not a sprint, and so it has proved to be.

The UN Security Council has now conducted three indicative ballots. I am still positioned in the middle of the pack.

Media interest continues to be high, not least on whether the UN might follow the lead of other major countries and organisations and look seriously at appointing a woman SG.

It was pleasing to see the outcome of a survey of UN staff which rated me highly for the position. The UN’s greatest asset is its dedicated staff. The bureaucratic systems don’t serve them well. I would want to work closely with staff to build the best, most responsive, most effective UN there could be – the world’s peoples and our staff deserve no less. In the end our work is all about people.

The New Zealand Herald editorialized on the contest on Thursday; their theme – is Helen too strong? One would hope strength of character would be a prerequisite for the position! http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1 objectid=11702283

The NZ Herald also covered the outcome and implications of the third straw poll: http://linkis.com/www.nzherald.co.nz/n/APO9G

The next indicative poll will be conducted at the UN Security Council next Friday – 9 September. Following the Leaders’ week at the UN General Assembly beginning Monday 19 September, the final indicative poll will be held on Monday 26 September. It is then expected that that the UNSC will move to ballots where coloured cards – code for vetoes – by Permanent Members are used in the first week of October.


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Sky Blue Credit Repair Review 2016 #loans #for #a #business


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Sky Blue Credit Repair Review

PROS / This company offers a good couples discount.

CONS / This service requires you to hire a separate service for your credit pull and credit monitoring.

VERDICT / Sky Blue Credit offers competitive prices and advertises high credit score increases, but it depends on third-party service for credit pulls and monitoring, which you need to purchase separately.

Sky Blue Credit is a credit repair service that works to restore your credit in an average of six months. It offers friendly customer service representatives that are willing to take time to explain the program without doing a hard-sell. It offers a good couples discount, but doesn’t have many of the program features we looked for when we reviewed credit repair companies. Some of these, like credit pulls and monitoring, it provides through third-party services, which it can direct you to, but for which you pay extra. Sky Blue Credit Repair earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

Support & Service

We reached out to Sky Blue Credit several times on various days and times to test its customer support to potential customers. Overall, we had good experiences with representatives from this company. They provided transparent and accurate information, were responsive to email and were easy to get ahold of via telephone. No one followed up with us, however.

This company also provides some supplemental education to help you learn more about credit and finances. The overall number of topics it covers was lower than average, but it offers an educational blog to help you learn more about how credit works and how to get back in control of your finances.

Cost & Fees

Sky Blue’s overall fees are affordable and compare well to the average cost of other credit repair services we reviewed. To use Sky Blue’s service, you must pay a monthly fee of $59, charged at the end of the month, and there is a $59 set up fee when you first enroll. A couples discount of 17% off the setup and monthly fees is applied if you sign up for this credit repair service with a partner. You must pull your credit report through a third-party service, but there are no additional fees on top of this, and this company does offer a money-back guarantee. These prices are correct as of the time of this review; depending on your specific situation when you look into this company, your quotes may be different.

Time Frame

Most clients work with Sky Blue Credit for an average of six months, though your program might be shorter or longer, depending on your situation. This credit repair company advertises between 100 and 200 points added to your credit score. Remember that this may vary greatly depending on your credit report and situation. If the credit bureaus can prove that a negative hit on your report is valid, it cannot be removed.

You should expect to start seeing results on your credit report within 30 days from the time Sky Blue begins disputing items on your report. This company typically disputes 15 items on your report at once across the three major credit bureaus. Some companies dispute all your items at once, trying to get the biggest improvement quickly. Other credit repair services only dispute a handful at a time because they believe too many disputes at once increases the chance of having them refused. Sky Blue takes a middle-of the road approach, submitting more disputes than the more cautious companies while still not overwhelming the credit bureaus.

Program Details

Sky Blue Credit offers fewer program features than other credit repair companies we reviewed. To its credit, this company does work with third-party reporting bureaus for credit reports and monitoring. It will provide you links to these services, which can pull your credit report for you (for a fee) and monitor your credit during the process. You can cancel that service at any time. However, Sky Blue Credit only works with the credit bureaus and not with your creditors, which could mean that the hits on your credit might end up back on your report. Sky Blue Credit also does not offer pay for delete negotiations. Such negotiations would allow you to pay off legitimate charges, usually at a reduced amount, and in return, the creditor removes the hit from your report.

Summary

Sky Blue Credit offers quality customer service, a good couples discount and a money-back guarantee. It has some educational features to help you learn about credit repair before you call for help, and it takes a quick but not overly fast approach to disputing charges. Be aware, however, that it only works with the credit bureaus and not directly with your creditors, which could potentially make this service less effective than other credit repair companies that work with both.

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In the state of Arizona, a person can be accused of committing assault even if they did not physically touch another person. The mere threat of danger can be considered as assault and can be prosecuted as a crime. If you have been charged with assault, you need to take swift legal action in order to protect yourself from this serious charge.

You could be facing serious penalties such as:

  • Expensive fines
  • Jail time
  • A criminal record

When assault is carried out with the use of a weapon or causes serious injuries, it can be considered as aggravated assault, which carries even harsher penalties. Our Phoenix assault attorneys at Salvador Phillips, PLLC can defend you against assault charges, regardless of the complexity of your case. Your future and reputation are extremely important to us.

Flexible Payment Plans for High-Quality Legal Representation

Our Phoenix assault lawyers strive to provide legal representation of the highest quality to the men and women we represent. As soon as you enlist our services, we will begin crafting a personalized strategy for your case. Our mission is to secure the most favorable case result possible, such as a reduction of the charges you face or a dismissal. We realize that many accused individuals hesitate to retain legal representation because they are worried about their financial situation. This is why our firm offers affordable fees and flexible payment options.

As our client, you may also benefit from the following:

  • Our around-the-clock availability
  • Straightforward answers to your questions

Speak With a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney

Don t allow for a criminal charge to dictate the course of the rest of your life. A criminal conviction could affect your personal relationships and limit your employment opportunities. Our firm is ready to stand at your side to protect your rights.

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Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure

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Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool

If you re considering backing up your SQL Server database to the cloud, there are many compelling reasons. Not only will you have an offsite copy of your data for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes, but you can save on CAPEX by using Microsoft Azure for cost-effective storage. And now, you can choose to backup to Microsoft Azure even for databases that aren t running the latest version of SQL Server creating a consistent backup strategy across your database environment.

SQL Server has these tools and features to help you back up to the cloud:

  • In SQL Server 2014, Managed Backup to Microsoft Azure manages your backup to Microsoft Azure, setting backup frequency based on data activity. It is available inside the SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2014.
  • In SQL Server 2012 and 2014, Backup to URL provides backup to Microsoft Azure using T-SQL and PowerShell scripting.
  • For prior versions, SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool enables you to back up to the cloud all supported versions of SQL Server, including older ones. It can also be used to provide encryption and compression for your backups even for versions of SQL Server that don t support these functions natively.

To show you how easy it is to get started with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool, we ve outlined the four simple steps you need to follow:

Prerequisites: Microsoft Azure subscription and a Microsoft Azure Storage Account. You can log in to the Microsoft Azure Management Portal using your Microsoft account. In addition, you will need to create a Microsoft Azure Blob Storage Container: SQL Server uses the Microsoft Azure Blob storage service and stores the backups as blobs.

Step 1 : Download the SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool. which is available on the Microsoft Download Center.

Step 2:Install the tool. From the download page, download the MSI (x86/x64) to your local machine that has the SQL Server Instances installed, or to a local share with access to the Internet. Use the MSI to install the tool on your production machines. Double click to start the installation.

Step 3:Create your rules. Start the Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool Service by running SQLBackup2Azure.exe. Going through the wizard to setup the rules allows the program to process the backup files that should be encrypted, compressed or uploaded to Azure storage. The Tool does not do job scheduling or error tracking, so you should continue to use SQL Server Management Studio for this functionality.

On the Rules page, click Add to create a new rule. This will launch a three screen rule entry wizard.

The rule will tell the Tool what local folder to watch for backup file creation. You must also specify the file name pattern that this rule should apply to.

To store the backup in Microsoft Azure Storage, you must specify the name of the account, the storage access key, and the name of the container. You can retrieve the name of the storage account and the access key information by logging into the Microsoft Azure management portal.

At this time, you can also specify whether or not you wish to have the backup files encrypted or compressed.

Once you have created one or more rules, you will see the existing rules and the option to Modify or Delete the rule.

Step 4: Restore a Database from a Backup Taken with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool in place. The SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool creates a stub file with some metadata to use during restore. Use this file like your regular backup file when you wish to restore a database. SQL Server uses the metadata from this file and the backup on Microsoft Azure storage to complete the restore.

If the stub file is ever deleted, you can recover a copy of it from the Microsoft Azure storage container in which the backups are stored. Place the stub file into a folder on the local machine where the Tool is configured to detect and upload backup files.

That s all it takes! Now you re up and running with Backup to and Restore from Microsoft Azure.

To learn more about why to back up to the cloud, join Forrester Research analyst Noel Yuhanna in a webinar on Database Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery. You ll find out why enterprises should make database cloud backup and DR part of their enterprise database strategy.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, 7/29 at 9 AM Pacific time ; register now .

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History of Veterans Day

World War I known at the time as The Great War – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the war to end all wars.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m. on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations “

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


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