The Great War and Armistice Day

Armistice Day, Skowhegan, November 11, 1918

In 1926, Congress officially declared that November 11 should be known as “Armistice Day,” reflecting the end of a World War that had been “the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals.” By 1938, November 11 was a legal holiday, “dedicated to the cause of world peace.” Then came World War II and the Korean Conflict, and in 1954, Congress renamed the holiday Veterans Day, to honor veterans of all wars.

Read more about the origins of this important day, and reflect upon the sacrifices that have been made by countless individuals in service to their country.


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