World War I is often regarded as the Great War. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, a temporary cessation of fighting was called between the Allied nations and Germany during World War I. The greatest war the world had ever seen officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. President Wilson declared November 11th to be commemorated as Armistice Day, to honor those who died in service during the war in the fight for victory. This day underwent several revisions and on May 13th, 1938, officially became a legal holiday.
After World War II, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veteran,” as we more commonly know it today. The Armistice Day of World War I became a day to honor U.S. veterans of all wars. Though we’re ready and waiting for another exciting holiday season, we must remember this important holiday. Before the days of twinkling lights and gift-wrapped surprises comes Veterans Day, a day we cannot allow ourselves to forget. A recent census showed that over 21 million veterans are alive today. That’s a lot of people to thank for their service to our country!
It’s easy to overlook many National Holidays, simply because there are so many. This Veterans Day, it is important to take the time to honor those who died to fight for the many freedoms and blessings we have today here in the United States of America. Especially now, remember to focus on the family and friends who are valued so dearly.
During the holiday season there is always so much going on. Christmas shopping, holiday parties, the list continues. It can be easy to become overworked and stressed, thinking about your seasonal to-do list. Even so, everyone needs to take a step back and appreciate the ones they hold dear. Observing Veterans Day not only honors those who have fought and those who have fallen, but also helps to gain a greater sense of appreciation for the family, friends, and freedoms that we possess today. This Veterans Day, set aside time to spend with family members. And, most importantly, pay tribute to those who gave their service – and even their lives – for their country.