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Veterans Day: Recognizing the Sacrifices of Our Armed Forced

Made in the usa labelsVeteran’s Dan is on Sunday, the federal holiday dedicated to honoring our armed service veterans. What many have forgotten is that was originally known as Armistice Day, which marks the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919, saying,

“To 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.”

In 1945, the holiday was expanded to honor all veterans, not just those who died during World War I. In 1954, a bill was presented to Congress to establish the holiday and replace “Armistice” with “Veterans.”

Unlike Memorial Day, where we pay respects to those veterans who have died in service, on Veterans Day we celebrate the service and sacrifice they have made throughout history. It’s not about when or where or how they serviced, just simply the fact that they serviced.

This Sunday, honors and veterans and thanks them for their service.

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