the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allied nations and
Germany ceased all hostilities, ending the First World War.
following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first
commemoration of 'Armistice Day' with the following words:
us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn
pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with
gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us
and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with
peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and
public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
1938, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sought to make Armistice Day a legal holiday
dedicated to world piece—never expecting the United States involvement in WWII one year later.
the wake of the second World War, congress amended the Act of 1938, changing the
name of 'Armistice Day' to 'Veterans Day,' in recognition of all American
veterans—living or dead—who served their country honorably during war or
us today, as we extend our most sincere gratitude to all who served, and continue to serve, our great