Brief description (courtesy of va.gov):
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
What Should We Take Away from this:
We are lucky to have brave soldiers protecting our safety everyday, we live in what many people call the best country in the world. It is important to understand where you come from and who you are, but we are all safe where we are because of those who protect us. In dreadful wars like World War I & II many countries and individuals were affected, but none more than the soldiers fighting for the peace and safety of our country and the world as a whole. We have an outstanding military that will fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, to stop the “bullies” of the world from taking power where they don’t belong. We belong to the country with the greatest military in the world (highest Global Firepower rating). Thanking a veteran on Veterans Day is like dressing up for Halloween or giving gift on Christmas it is something we should all do, but remembering that our veterans are veterans on every other day of the year is also important. This day should be a day of celebration of peace, freedom, and those who make that possible, do something nice for someone today, pay for a veterans meal or go visit your grandfather who served, be a part of the day and it will become a part of you. To all those who have served reading this thank you for your service and have a great day, I hope you are treated as you should be.