Veterans Day: A Look Back
The first "Great War" ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. But few may know the actual fighting ended seven months earlier when an armistice—a temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied forces and Germany—went into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918: the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
In 1938, Congress passed legislation making Nov. 11 an official holiday dedicated to world peace, and called it Armistice Day. At the end of WWII and the Korean War, there was an influx of new veterans and so, in order to honor these men and women, Congress replaced the word "armistice" with "veterans," and in 1954, Veterans Day became an official, nationally recognized holiday for Americans to pay tribute to veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed each Nov. 11. It is a day for us to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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