Veterans Day, 2005
Today is Veterans Day, a date set aside to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.
You can send a message of thanks to our veterans here:
The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project has a huge collection of first-hand accounts of the combat experiences of veterans from World War I through the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
Matt at Blackfive
Scott “Smash” Koenig
Jawa Report guestblogger Vinnie
Thomas “Jack Army” Nichols
Bloggers Thanking Veterans:
Let me know if I’ve inadvertantly put you in the wrong category. If I missed you–or you hadn’t posted yet when I compiled this list–feel free to plug your post in the comments and/or to send a trackback.