Yesterday was Veterans Day. Do you know one or many people who have served their country that you want to salute today? I know I do. There are many men and women in my family who deserve this honor.
So, what is Veterans Day? Most of us know that Veterans Day is an annual holiday celebrated on November 11th every year in the United States honoring those who have served in the military. Do you remember when Veterans Day used to be celebrated as Armistice Day? This began in 1918 when at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was signed by representatives of the Alliedarmed forces and Germany, marking the beginning of the end of the Great War; subsequently it was later named World War I. The war officially ended seven months later when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France.
Woodrow Wilson was President during the time of the signing of the armistice. He made November 11 a holiday to remember the end of World War I. It was the hope of all that signed the armistice that this would be the end of the war to end all wars. As we all know, the United States was in three more wars: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Therefore, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day. At eleven o'clock in the morning, everyone stopped doing whatever they were doing and were silent for one minute to remember all the soldiers who have died in wars.
Veterans Day is a day where we pay tribute to the many fallen veterans who sacrificed themselves in wartime, as well as to the many veterans who are currently serving today. Thank you to all who participate and serve in the United States branches of the military. I am moved and humbled by the personal sacrifices made by those who fight for our freedom.