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Today is Veterans Day!

November 11, 2024

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 11 of November, repeating indefinitely

Occurring every year on November 11, Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans, past and present. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸͺ–πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸͺ–πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸͺ–

Did you know? For many years, the occasion was celebrated as Armistice Day and honored those who bravely sacrificed in World War I.

In 1954, upon the urging of Raymond Weeks, a World War II Navy veteran, Congress and President Eisenhower dedicated the day to all U.S. veterans in addition to World War I veterans. At this time, Armistice Day was also re-titled Veterans Day to better reflect its new purpose. Armistice Day is still a national holiday in many other countries.

Why November 11? Although World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, fighting ceased much earlier with an armistice on November 11, 1918.

 

Armistice Night, George Luks, 1918

 

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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November 11, 2024
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