Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day

Veterans Day is a legal U.S. holiday observed each year on November 11. It honors all veterans, living and dead, who fought in wars since World War I. Since Memorial Day focuses on those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, Veteran's Day tends to focus on living veterans.

The cessation of hostilities before the peach treaty was signed between the Allies and Germany on 11:00 AM 11/11/1918. This became known as Armistice Day by proclamation in 1919 by President Wilson. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1921. President Eisenhower change the name from Armistice Day to Verteran's Day in 1954.

The original concept for the celebration was for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 A.M., with the day also marked by parades and public mettings.

This is the day to call someone you know who is serving or served in the armed forces, just to say thanks.

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