Even though the “Great War” (what World War I was named at the time)officially ended on June 28, 1919, fighting had ended seven months prior.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect between the Germand and the Allied Countries.
President Wilson November 11 Armistice Day in 1919. This holiday slowly became what is now Veteran’s day. Veteran’s Day became a federal holiday in 1938.
Unlike Memorial and Labor Day, Veteran’s Day is is always celebrated on Nov. 11, no matter what day of the week it is.
This Veteran’s Day, remember all those veterans who risked or gave their lives to serve our country. Here are some quotes to remind us of the importance of this holiday:
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” -Jose Narosky
“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” -Gary Hart
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton
“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” – Jimmy Carter
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