Veterans Day

When you hear that thousands of people
are going to the tomb of the unknown you
know what day it is, Veterans Day!
Veterans day is not about one war no, not
two wars, but all wars and the people that
served in the army. Do you want to know
how Veterans Day even started? Then keep
reading this. World War1 – known at the time as
“The Great War” 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.” On the 11th hour of the 11th day of 
the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary 
cessation of hostilities, was declared between the 
Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, 
then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as 
Armistice Day beginning the following year, 
November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the 
United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War 
II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became 
Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American 
veterans of all wars.


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About Veterans Day Even
On November 11, 1921, an unidentified
American soldier killed in the war was buried
at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington,
Veterans' Day should not be confused
D.C. It is called the Tomb of the Unknown
with Memorial Day. According to the
Soldier. An official wreath-laying ceremony is
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
held each Veterans' Day at the Tomb of the
“Memorial Day (the fourth Monday
Unknown Soldier in Arlington National
in May) honors American service
Cemetery. Usually the president, or another
members who died in service to their
high-ranking government official, lays the
country or as a result of injuries
wreath on the grave. Britain, France, Australia
incurred during battle, while
and Canada also commemorate the veterans of
Veterans Day pays tribute to all
World Wars I and II on or near November
American veterans--living or dead-11th. Canada has Remembrance Day, while
but especially gives thanks to living
Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second
veterans who served their country
Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and
honorably during war or peacetime.”
the Commonwealth countries it is common to
observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every
November 11.

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Iron Mike
Iron Mike is the de facto name of various
monuments commemorating servicemen of
the United States military. The term "Iron
Mike" is uniquely American slang used to
refer to men who are especially tough, brave,
and inspiring; it was originally a nautical term
for a gyrocompass, used to keep a ship on an
unwavering course.[1][2][3] Because the use of
the slang term was popular in the first half of
the 20th century, many statues from that
period acquired the Iron Mike nickname, and
over the generations the artists' titles were
largely forgotten. Even official military
publications and classroom texts tend to
prefer the nickname to the original titles.