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The purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11. It was originally called Armistice Day to recognize the end of hostilities in World War I, the Great War. It happened the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
President Wilson proclaimed the first Veterans Day in 1919 with these words: ” 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 1954, after World War II and Korea, the 83rd Congress altered the original act to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
A ceremony is held each year on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery in observance of Veterans Day. It begins precisely at 11:00 a.m. with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A parade of colors inside the Memorial Amphitheater is accompanied by remarks from dignitaries.