Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

This US holiday stretches back to the end of World War I and commemorates the nation's thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of their country. It was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11 AM November 11,1918) of World War I.

On the first anniversary of the truce US President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers, and referring to November 11 as Armistice Day. It became a holiday in the US, France, Great Britain and Canada.

The holiday acquired its present name in the US in 1954. In Canada and Great Britain it is called Remembrance Day for the millions who died during World War I.

Let us honor all those, living and dead, who served with US arm forces in wartime...

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