On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany.
When Woodrow Wilson was president in 1919 he declared November 11th as Armistice Day. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation officially changing the name to Veterans Day.
This is a day we remember the veterans of all of our wars; those men and women still with us today, and those who fell in war or passed on in peacetime. Every November 11th, the United States and her allies from World War I celebrate this day. Initially, only veterans from the First World War were honored. Now in America it has expanded to veterans of all of the foreign conflicts, those who served in peacetime or were never deployed. We pause to remember, thank, and celebrate our veterans.
Where would we be today if these men and women had not sacrificed so much for their country? We owe our freedoms and way of life to them.
In his 1923 Armistice Day Radio Address, former President Woodrow Wilson said, “The anniversary of Armistice Day should stir us to great exaltation of spirit because of the proud recollection that it was our day, a day above those early days of that never-to-be-forgotten November which lifted the world to the high levels of vision and achievement upon which the great war for democracy and right was fought and won.”