Friday, November 11, 2011

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Today is Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, commemorating the cessasion of hostilities on November 11, 1918, in World Way I, which was then known as the War to End All Wars or the Great War. The following November President Wilson proclaimed that Armistice Day would be a special day to honor the veterans of the Great War.

Unfortunately, the War to End All Wars did not put an end to armed human strife. After World War II and the Korean War, legislation was enacted in 1954 changing the holiday to Veterans Day, on which Americans now honor the veterans of all our wars. President Eisenhower is pictured above signing the first Veterans Day proclamation. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has much more.