The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 saw the end of World War I.
In 1921 an unknown American soldier from WWI was buried at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the veterans of The Great War. The ceremony took place at 11:0
0 AM on November 11th and became knows as Armistice Day.
Armistice Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1926. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
Tomb Of The Unknowns
The official national ceremonies for Veterans Day Center on The Tomb of the Unknowns. The Tomb is symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars. An Army honor guard known as The Old Guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division maintains a day and night vigil at the Tomb.
The Presidential Wreath
At 11:00 AM each November 11th a combined color guard from all military services executes a ‘Present Arms’ at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to our honored war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath and the playing of “Taps.”
The holiday initiated to honor and remember those who served in World War I, which was supposed to be the ‘war to end all wars,’ is now a remembrance for all who served in all our nation’s conflicts. It is important we take time and remember those who served.
With most of us preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the gathering of family and friends, we must also make sure to remember the men and women of America’s Armed Forces serving in harm’s way and engaged all around the globe.
We would ask that you stop your day on the 11th at 11:00 AM and pause to remember all of our Veterans from the past and those still serving.
Perhaps we should all set an extra place at out tables this Thanksgiving to continue our remembrance for all who served, who are now serving and give thanks for their sacrifices.