Honoring our Veterans on this important day of reflection
On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m., World War I formally ended when Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany in France. One year later on November 11, 1919, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
“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., November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. In 1938, the act was passed to make the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday.
Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. To this day, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11 and is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Celebrations and commemorations occur around the country in the form of parades, memorials, and remembrances that honor our veterans. Today America250 joins in the commemoration and honor our veterans.
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Source: Library of Congress