11th November is marked as Veterans Day on many calendars and is a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives for their country in conflicts around the world.
While in recent times there have been differences of opinion about many of the wars and conflicts that have taken place, the bravery of those who are willing to travel to foreign lands, leaving families and friends behind, placing their lives in extreme risk cannot be underestimated.
The origins of Veterans day lie in Armistice Day, proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as a way of expressing gratitude for the heroism and bravery of servicemen and women who ensured the world remained free from the tyranny of the invading German army. Calving Coolidge confirmed Armistice Day as a federal holiday in 1926. In 1954 it was officially amended to Veterans Day to ensure that the day honored all veterans after the recent ending of the Korean War.
The date is chosen for its significance as the official date and time of the signing of the Armistice that officially ended World War I, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
- From Veterans For Peace: Bells and a Song for Armistice Day/Veterans Day (peaceandbread.com)
- Veterans Day, 11.11.11. Background, Facts & Figures, Tribute Video & Poster Gallery (worldtradedaily.com)
- Armistice Day (framework.latimes.com)