On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War."
Veterans Day became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following 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…" This marks the 92nd year this holiday has been recognized. Not exclusive to the U.S.A, other countries celebrate this holiday for their own loss of heroic men and women.
Britain, France, Australia and Canada commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11th.
In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. At times confused with Memorial Day, many pass the Veterans Day not realizing what this day actually means. What Veterans Day actually stands for; what Veterans Day means to the people of this nation. There is so much to be thankful for; one being the veterans.
Many may pass tomorrow, not knowing the men who fight for their freedom; for their rights, are still keeping the enemy at bay. Many may pass tomorrow like any other ordinary day. Many may pass tomorrow oblivious to what the cost actually is living the way they do. But as we enter another year the U.S.A soldiers died for, take a minute of your time to remember someone you may know who served our country with pride and dignity. Call a friend you know and tell them good job. Stop someone in the street wearing their uniform with such patriotism and thank them for what they do. These men and women give up the American dream so we don’t have too, without any complaints. Tomorrow is not about a certain war in history, it’s not about a battle fought, it’s not about statistics, it’s not about who did what, it’s not about hating the enemy. It’s more than that. You don’t have to love war to care. War is their job it’s not who they are. So tomorrow when you’re thinking about what you’re going to do that day, or on your way to work, remember Veterans Day. Remember that men and women are still fighting; still winning; still giving their lives for the lives you live. Honor the Warrior, Not the War.