Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day - A Brief History

Today is Veterans Day, the day we honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Historical record shows that the premise for Veterans Day began in 1921, when an unknown World War I soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington, D.C. Similar ceremonies occurred in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor.

These memorial gestures took place on November 11, celebrating the end of World War I at 11 a.m. The day became known as "Armistice Day" and later became a national holiday in America by an act of Congress. After World War II, however, the country’s leaders realized that peace was equally preserved by all veterans, not just those of World War I. So they made Armistice Day an occasion to honor those who served America in all wars, and in 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

In 1958, two more unidentified American soldiers were brought from overseas and buried in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I-one from World War II and the other from Korea. In 1984 an unknown soldier from the Vietnam War was buried alongside the others.

Romans 13:7 amp says, Render…honor to whom honor is due. We thank God for the men and women who defend our nation, and we honor them on this special day. Their hard work, courage, and sacrifice have made it possible for us to live in freedom.
(By R. Roberts)

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