Does your family celebrate Veterans Day? While World War I, also known as “The Great War,” officially ended on June 28, 1919, fighting had actually ceased about seven months earlier. The armistice went into effect between the Germans and the Allied Nations at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, or November 11. For that reason, it is November 11 that is regarded as the end of the war, a day marked for celebration throughout the U.S.
It was the United States Congress who officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a resolution on June 4, 1926, using these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918 marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far-reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act that was approved May 13, 1938 proclaimed the 11th of November a legal holiday to be celebrated as Armistice Day. It was a day set aside to honor veterans of WW I. After WW II ended, the Act of 1938 was amended and from then on honored American veterans of all wars.
This November, Paul Davis celebrates and honors America’s veterans. Thank you for your patriotism, your love of country, and your willingness to serve and protect our great nation.