Friday, November 11, 2011

We honor those who served our country

We honor those who died and also the many more who risked their lives to protect us - to protect our lives and our liberty.

Veterans Day, the holiday, began as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of The Great War - World War I.

Though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, November 11 remained in the public imagination as the date that marked the end of the Great War. In November 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The day's observation included parades and public gatherings, as well as a brief pause in business activities at 11 a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Congress had declared the day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On the same day, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Photo: Welcoming soldiers returning from World War II. From

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