Honor for One Becomes Honor for All
The Build Up to Veterans Day (November 11) — 2 of 6
Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11. LIBERTY FLAGS is dedicating the time between now and Veterans Day to sharing the history and importance of honoring our veterans. If you missed the previous post in this series, read Remembering the Day of Remembrance.
A Time for Inclusion . . .
World War I used to be referred to as the War to End All Wars. When Ferdinand Foch accepted the German cessation of hostilities in his private railcar, late in 1918, it was widely believed that a lasting peace had been achieved — the very belief that spurred the creation of Armistice Day. Sadly, lasting peace had not been achieved, and within 30 years, two more conflicts shook the world and required the intervention of American troops; World War II and the Korean War. Thus, in 1954, President Eisenhower legally changed the name of the Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Leaders from both sides outside of Ferdinand Foch's private railcar, just following the acceptance of German cessation of hostilities.
New Meaning to an Old Tradition
As of 1954, the holiday honors not just those men and women who fought in World War I, but all who served in all American wars. Still, the holiday has changed in other ways as well. While it originated as a call for world peace, Veterans Day has evolved into a day set aside to honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces, whether in times of war or times of peace.
Presidential Call to Honor in Solidarity
After changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, President Eisenhower, went on to issue the First Veterans Day proclamation. It is widely held that the most important words of that proclamation are as follows —
"In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."
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Did You Miss a Previous Post in This Series?
Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11. If you missed the previous post in this series, read:
1 of 6, Remembering the Day of Remembrance
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