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What is Veteran’s Day?

On November 11th 1918 Germany and the Allies signed an armistice agreement effectively ending the “Great War” or as it was know as “The war to end all wars”.  One year later President Woodrow Wilson gave an eloquent speech praising the soldiers for their pride and heroism and exclaiming the debt of gratitude that was owed to the veterans for the extreme sacrifices they make during the war.  Thereafter celebrations were held every year on the anniversary of the armistice, the concept of the celebration of Armistice Day expanded to many other countries in Europe over the next decade.

In 1926 Congress officially designated November 11th as the day of celebration of peace and understanding among all the nations throughout the world.  In 1938 Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday dedicated to world peace.

President Ike Eisenhower signed the document declaring November 11th to be a day of recognition to honor the Veterans from all wars.

There is a marked difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Memorial Day is a national holiday to recognize and honor the soldiers who have given their lives in the service of our country.  Veterans Day is a national holiday recognizing the accomplishments and work of all the soldiers who have fought in war and to recognize the debt owed by the citizens of our country to all the veterans of those wars.  There is also a special recognition of the debt owed by the citizen of the United States to those soldiers who have been injured or maimed in the service of their country.


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