The History of Veterans Day

Honoring those who served our country, both past and present

Honoring those who served our country, both past and present

 

Scottsdale, AZ – November 11, 2014

November 11th is a special day, where we take time to honor veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The date of November 11th is significant because it marks the end of the fighting in World War I. The fighting between Allied nations and Germany ended on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.

 

On November 19, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson named November 11th Armistice Day, a time to honor those who died in the line of duty during World War I.

 

In 1938 Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday, but in 1954 with the end of World War II, Congress renamed Armistice Day, Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.

 

A special ceremony is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Arlington is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families. The Veterans Day Observance ceremony is open to the public and includes a concert in the Memorial Amphitheater and a wreath-laying ceremony by the President, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a special monument that is dedicated to American service members that passed away without their remains being identified.

 

Veterans Day observances take place all around the country in the form of parades, military tributes and ceremonies. Angel MedFlight has had the honor of transporting veterans and would like to extend our thanks to all veterans on this day.

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