On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany. The year was 1918. Now 11-11-11 is almost here, and almost a hundred years later, we still pause and remember, calling to heart and mind all the young lives lost in battle since then and before then.
In 1926, Congress officially named November 11 Armistice Day and it became a legal national holiday in 1938. This was to recognize the end of “the War to end all wars” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. It was at this time that November 11-18 became known as “Veterans Week.”
After World War II and Korea, Congress in 1956 changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans. President Eisenhower wrote, “let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly to preserve our heritage of freedom and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not be in vain.”
Great Britain and France celebrate November 11 as Armistice Day, while Canada observes it as Remembrance Day.
Veterans Day everywhere is marked by parades and speeches. At 11 a.m., a flag is lowered and raised again as church bells ring after two minutes of silence, just as they did in 1918.
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