A Salute to Veterans…

On this day to honor all Americans who have enabled us to enjoy our freedom, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those who have served or are currently serving to ensure a free and safe country!  Lest we not forget our fallen heroes I would like to share the history of Veterans’ Day which my cousin recently forwarded to me.

History of Veterans Day
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.”
Tomb of the UnknownsTomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Tomb of the Unknowns

Official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day center around the Tomb of the Unknowns.
To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
At 1 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath and the playing of “Taps”.

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