ON THE 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — in 1918 — the Allies and Germany reached an armistice that would end the Great War.
On the 11th day of the 11th month — in 2012 — illustrators join the millions of Americans who salute our troops throughout our history on Veterans Day.
“To us in America,” President Woodrow Wilson said to mark the first Armistice Day in 1919, “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.”
TODAY, President Obama visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s veterans, Back in 1921, Congress established the cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — and the date of the ceremony is Nov. 11. The day is declared a holiday to honor all World War I veterans.
IN 1954, President Eisenhower signs a law that changes the holiday’s name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
In 1978, observance of Veterans Day is moved from October to Nov. 11.
Thank you, veterans, for having helped make this country what it is. Thank you, current members of the military, for continuing to make this nation great.
We salute you.