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Posted on 11/11/2019 6:32:30 PM PST by ammodotcom
Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11th, was first celebrated on this same date in 1919, under the name of Armistice Day. The holiday was named in remembrance of the temporary ceasefire that brought about the unofficial end to World War I when, the year before, the Allied forces entered into an armistice with the Germans, stopping live battle on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
A year later, and nearly five months after the official end of the First World War (which occurred on June 28, 1918, with the Treaty of Versailles), President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th the first commemoration with the following:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countrys service and with the 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
He called for parades and public gatherings and a brief moment of silence at 11a.m. Two years later, on November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in what became known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...
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To those that are serving, have served, and will serve God Bless you all. Good people going in harms way for the good of family, friends, and the USA. RIP to those no longer with us.
Just finished watching “They Shall Not Grow Old!” Although it was from the Brits viewpoint, it is facinati g the hell they went through and were treated worse than our Nam vets were. Just was not proper society to talk about it. Unreal
To all those who serve, God Bless You All!
the official end of the First World War (which occurred on June 28, 1918, with the Treaty of Versailles)
It was 1919, not 1918.
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