Importance of veterans day

Ava Pena, Staff Reporter

We celebrate and honor america’s heroes for their love of our country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We pay our respects to the dead and living, and to those who have retired. Veterans day was not always called Veterans day, it used to be called Armistic day while. Canada has Remembrance Day, Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11am every November 11. In 1938, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to recognize the many Americans who were mobilized during World War II.

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The fighting actually stopped on November 11, 1918, when Germany and the allied nations agreed to an armistice. Armistice is an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; also known as a truce. Woodrow, Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day. This holiday was intended to acknowledge the efforts of Americans who served in World War I and in World War II. 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed it to Veterans day.

Beginning in 1938, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, even the dead. Veterans Day is now a day to honor all American veterans. We stand united in respect for you, our veterans. Thank for your service.