Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Historical significance behind Veteran's Day

Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is recognized on November 11.

In 1919, President Wilson stated these 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..."

In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday.

Though the day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized we should recognize all of our Veterans.

In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" to include Veterans of all American wars in a day of remembrance for not only those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today.

 Veterans Day is today celebrated with parades and ceremonies throughout the country.  In Washington, D.C., there is a special wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Thank you, Veterans, for serving to protect our freedoms.

Veteran's Day Remarks by President Kennedy, 1961, click here.

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