Veterans Day

By Jenna Paul

Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, is celebrated on Nov. 11 each year. This year is the 101st Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, which marked the end of WWI. The Armistice officially came into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Eastern Time, 1918.

A few of the terms of the Armistice included immediate withdrawal of German forces to the Eastern side of the Rhine; all minefields on land and sea were to be identified. There was no destruction or removal of civilian goods or inhabitants; the infrastructure was to remain intact; there would be immediate release of all Allied prisoners; and the turnover of German military equipment. This Armistice was kept in effect and prolonged three times until the Treaty of Versailles took effect on January 10th, 1920. Since WWI, the United States has been involved in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Wars in Afghanistan, Grenada, Iran, and Iraq.

After WWII, the Veterans of both WWI and WWII knew Armistice Day as a day of recognition. In 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veteran’s Day, a day to recognize all veterans. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, a monument in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC, honors the fallen soldiers who have not been identified.


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