Today is Veteran’s Day

veteransFrom the Library of Congress website –

The Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France, at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, bringing the war, later known as World War I, to a close.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, 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…” Originally, the celebration included parades and public meetings following a two-minute suspension of business at 11:00 a.m.

Between the wars, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. British Commonwealth countries call the holiday Remembrance Day.

Since the 1950s, presidents have regularly issued proclamations reminding us of this holiday and the importance of our veterans’ service in protecting and defending the United States. Although the war to end all wars has faded in public memory, the service of our veterans should not.

On November 5th, President Obama issued the Presidential Proclamation for Veterans Day, 2013.

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