Originally created 11/11/05

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READERS THEATER: A staged reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone will be held at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the conference room of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St. A reception will follow the reading. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 724-3576 for more information.

RECEPTION: There will be an opening reception for the artwork of Beverly M. Howard and Elizabeth Moretz-Britt from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Gallery at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. The exhibit, which will continue through Dec. 30., will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 826-4700 or visit www.sacredheartaugusta.org.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

NOV. 11, 1926

WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Roy Weathers, who was charged with the killing of his brother during July of the past summer, was given eight to 10 years in the penitentiary by Judge H. B. Strange here Tuesday.

Roy is a young boy just about 16 years of age and killed his brother, it was said, while he was drunk.

The judge admonished him when he passed sentence on him that he would have time even while in prison to see his mistake and change the tenor of his life. His mother was with him in the courtroom during the two days.

The lawyers on the case reached an agreement on account of the extreme youth of the boy, and the case was not heard by the jury.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1918, to commemorate the end of World War I. First proclaimed by Congress in 1926, and each year thereafter, Armistice Day became "Veterans Day" in 1954 as a result of legislation signed by President Eisenhower. The name was changed to honor all who served the nation in wars or conflicts. Veterans Day has been observed annually on this date since 1978, except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.


24.5 MILLION: U.S. military veterans

1.7 MILLION: Female veterans

9.5 MILLION: Veterans age 65 or older

2.3 MILLION: Black veterans. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans are Hispanic; 276,000 are Asian; 185,000 are American Indian or Alaska native; and 25,000 are native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.

8.2 MILLION: Vietnam-era veterans

432,000: Veterans who served during both the Vietnam era and in the Gulf War.

6: States with 1 million or more veterans. These are California, 2.3 million; Florida, 1.8 million; Texas, 1.7 million; New York, 1.2 million; Pennsylvania , 1.1 million; and Ohio , 1.1 million.

$22.4 BILLION: Aggregate amount of money received annually by the 2.6 million veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities.

$59.6 BILLION: Amount of federal government spending for veterans benefits programs in fiscal year 2004.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



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