In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of
bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in
each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).
These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated
ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m..
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It
became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been
realized that World War I was "the War to end all Wars," November 11 might still be called Armistice
Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe.
Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day
an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming
November 11 as Veterans Day.
A law passed in 1968 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.
We Stood For Freedom|
We stood for freedom just like you
And loved the flag you cherish too
Our uniforms felt great to wear
You know the feel, and how you care
In step we marched, the cadence way
The same is true with you today
Oh how we tried to do our best
As you do now, from test to test
How young we were and proud to be
Defenders of true liberty
So many thoughts bind soldiers well
The facts may change, not how we jell
Each soldier past, and you now here
Do share what will not disappear
One thought now comes, straight from my heart
For soldiers home, who ve done their part
I m honored to have served with you
May Godly peace, help get you through
And now I ll end with a request
Do ponder this, while home at rest
America, respect our day
Each veteran, helped freedom stay
©2002 Roger J. Robicheau
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Many countries celebrate their honored dead and veterans on this day.
This day is not to honor war, but the sacrifice made by others for our freedom.
FDR's Four Freedoms Speech
In Flanders Fields
by Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
An explanation of the poem and significance of poppies is found
Here are some tips to make sure your tribute is a respectful one:
Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs. The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.
Do not display the flag in inclement weather.
Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.
Do not let the flag touch the ground.
An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.
When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tricorn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US
US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day 1998
Disabled American Veterans
Remembrance Day in Canada
Royal British Legion
Their remembrance day movement, and info and Poppy Screensaver
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is also worthy of a visit
Australian War Memorial
In Flanders Fields
a Belgian site
of France, homepage. En français.
Old Contemptible's Great War Website
Heritage of the Great War
Netherlands site, primarily in Flemish/Dutch and English
New Zealand and the Great War
The Versailles Treaty
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
a PBS Site
WWI Document Library
World War II on the Web
Lest We Forget - The High Price of Freedom in World War II
Korean War Project
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Gulf War
Veterans History Project
USS LIBERTY Memorial
376th Heavy Bombardment Group, Inc. Veterans Association
Let's Say Thanks in Support of our Troops
Veterans' Greeting Cards
Veterans Ring of Honor Web Site
Veterans Day in Cyber Space
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