This Thursday November 11th we celebrate Veterans Day in the United States. Veterans day started as Armistice Day after World War I. In November of 1919 President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, 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…” This day was chosen because November 11, 1918 was the end of World War I.
At the time many in government wrongly thought World War I would end all wars. After World War II Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. Veterans day is celebrated in many countries around the world. Canada and the United Kingdom celebrate November 11th as Remembrance Day. In France it is called Ring of Remembrance, and in Belgium it is called Last Post Ceremony. No matter the name the day is for honoring those men and women who gave so much to their country. It seems small to only recognize their service only one day a year. Thank you to those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces and to the families who support them!
Here is a selection of books that pay tribute to our soldiers and remind us of all their immense sacrifices:
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