Today Is Veteran's Day
Today marks the observance of Veteran's Day in America. This day was set aside as a way to honor our veterans who have served in the military. On November 11, 1918, a ceasefire was declared between the German and the allied forces during World War 1. An armistice lasted for the next seven months, until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, signaling the official end to the brutal war.
That same year, on November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first "Armistice Day" in America, according to the Department of Veteran's Affairs. What originally began as a day to honor World War I veterans, soon evolved into a day to honor all servicemen and women and its name was officially changed in 1954 to "Veteran's Day."
Today, like every year since, in the U.S. we commemorate this day with parades, flag ceremonies and solemn speeches. “On Veteran’s Day, we salute the women and men who have proudly worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them, and we affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in words and in actions, for their service,” President Barak Obama said in a proclamation.
“We take a moment to celebrate our veterans’ patriotism, service and sacrifice- and reaffirm our collective commitment to keep faith with those who have served to protect our values and our way of life,” Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a video message. “Throughout our history, our veterans and their families have made immeasurable sacrifices in times of war and in times of peace, they have answered the call and they have delivered.”