A Timeline of Freedom

 
 
 
 
 
19
45
Concept for a National Veterans Day by Raymond Weeks after returning from WWII.
 
 
 
 
19
46
Weeks gained support from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower for “National Veterans Day 1947.”
 
 
 
 
19
47
First National Veterans Day held in Birmingham, featuring General Omar Bradley.
 
 
 
 
19
63
Tipping point reached in Birmingham to launch the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
 
 
 
 
19
82
President Reagan honored Raymond Weeks as the “driving force” for American’s Veterans Day.
 
 
 
 
19
90
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute founded.