Veteran’s Day

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Veteran’s Day

Gabriel Watts, Photo Editor

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Veterans Days is a special holiday for America. It is the day we celebrate those who have served our country, with a focus on those who have retired. All across our country we hold parades and parties honoring those who have served our country, but when did this great tradition start and why is it important? 

In November of 1918 a ceasefire was declared for all nations involved in WWI. This armistice was declared on the 11th. While the war did not officially end until June of 1919, November is widely considered the end of the war. Also, in 1919 November 11th dedicated as Armistice Day by Woodrow Wilson to celebrate those who served in the “war to end all wars”. A couple of decades later in 1938 it was declared a legal holiday. Then in 1958 after WWII the 83rd congress renamed the holiday Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans. Finally, in 1968 Congress declared the holiday a federal holiday. 

Every year Veterans Day is a reminder to all Americans of how important our veterans are. Without their service we would not have our country as it is today.