In Honor of Veterans Day
This year, on November 11, Americans across the country will gather on Veterans Day to celebrate those who’ve fought for our freedoms. The federal holiday commemorates our agreement with Germany to end the first World War. One year after the war ended, the country celebrated “Armistice Day.” Eventually, the holiday became known as “Veterans Day.” Here’s a brief history of the holiday and some facts you may not have known.
It wasn’t until 1926 that Congress would pass a resolution to ensure that the event would be celebrated every year. Starting in 1938, November 11 was designated as the official day for the occasion. The signing of the armistice to end the war was entered upon by all of the Allied nations and Germany, which was effective on the eleventh month of the year, on the eleventh day, and on the eleventh hour. At this point, the countries agreed to stop all hostilities. Later, on June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending World War I. The original intent of the holiday’s observance was to stop business at 11 a.m. on November 11 so that parades and public meetings could take place. People often confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors fallen soldiers who died serving the country. However, Veterans Day celebrates the service of anyone who has served or is serving their country. We are not the only country that celebrates Veteran’s day. Canada, Australia and Great Britain also honor the event.
Here are some interesting facts about Veterans Day:
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This Veterans Day, take some time to honor those who served our country well in the Great War and other significant events. Don't forget to also set aside time to relax and restore.