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November 11, 2010

Let us not forget Veteran's Day

We celebrate a lot of holidays in the United States. Most are fun, happy days that we really look forward to taking off from work or school and celebrating. Veteran's Day is different from some of these holidays, but it is certainly no less important. If it wasn't for Veteran's, the fighting hero's and warriors this day salutes, we may not have the freedom to celebrate all those other fun days. We owe these brave men and women a lot and recognizing them on this day is important.

The History of Veteran's Day

On November 11, 1918 the fighting for World War I ended. This temporary peace was called an armistice, where both sides agreed to stop fighting while they worked out a treaty. The war would officially end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. However, it's November 11th that was important to many of the military as this was the day they got to stop fighting.

Because this was such an important day, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th Armistice Day. Later in 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday; a day to celebrate world peace and honor our Veterans.

Later this holiday would be called Veteran's Day. The day it is celebrated was moved around some, but since 1978 Veteran's Day has been a legal holiday celebrated on November 11th regardless of the day of the week it falls on.

Why it's important

Veteran's Day is important because we need to honor those who have fought for us. These are men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect us and our freedom. Their bravery, strength, professionalism, and excellence should be celebrated and honored as best we know how. This is a great holiday and one we should not forget or take lightly. So enjoy your day off, but please be sure to pause and give thanks for the sacrifice others have made for you.

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