After the fighting ended on the western front of World War I, celebrations of the war’s conclusion quickly turned solemn remembering those who had been lost. Commemorated as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938 to honor veterans of the first World War. Following World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, dedicated to all military veterans.
Each year, Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to all members of the military who have bravely served our country. Many of us mark the day by watching veterans march down city streets, by hanging ribbons or flags from our homes, and participating in other ceremonies of remembrance. A wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the 11th hour at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
We owe our freedoms to every valiant service member. On this day and every day, we give our humble thanks to all men and women who have served and honor the great sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to protect our country.