November 11 is a special day for this country. Many of us don't really realize how significant this day actually is.
It was at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, that the armistice was signed, signaling the end of all hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany.
On November 11, 1919 the armistice was celebrated for the first time. President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory". There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.*
It was originally a day known as Armistice Day, to honor all World War I veterans. In 1954, many veterans organizations wanted to change the word "armistice" to "veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became Veteran's Day, as we know it now.
So let's stand together this November, and bow our heads to remember ALL of the veterans of this great country.