US Senate: Birmingham is first home of Vets Day - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

US Senate: Birmingham is first home of Vets Day

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:31:15 GMT
    Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.More >>
    Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for...More >>
  • Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31

    Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:49 AM EDT2014-07-23 08:49:07 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 08:43:51 GMT
    By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.More >>
    By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...More >>

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham has long claimed to have the nation's oldest celebration of Veterans Day.

Now, the U.S. Senate agrees.

The Senate has passed a resolution stating that Birmingham is home to the nation's first and longest-running observance of Veterans Day.

The resolution comes nine years after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Emporia, Kan., as the "founding city" of the holiday.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile issued a statement Tuesday after the Senate passed his resolution about Birmingham. He says it recognizes the city and the work of Birmingham native Raymond Weeks in honoring military veterans.

Reps. Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell introduced an identical resolution for Birmingham in the House.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow