11th Hour: At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Remembering all who served freedom.
History is full of wars of conquest. Sacrificing for the freedom of others and defending peace is a rarer gift. We’re thankful for our Veterans. Our family descends from an American Army Nurse and a British Army Officer who met in France, a product of the Great War. Another grandfather served in both WWI and WWII. Our fathers served in WWII and Korean War era.
The holiday traces its origins back to the end of World War I. On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice between the U.S.-led Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11thmonth. Though the war wasn’t officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed seven months later, the Nov. 11 is recognized as the end of the “war to end all wars,” according to the Veterans Administration.
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of what was then known as Armistice Day, saying “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…” — Veterans Day 2017: Why is Veterans Day on Nov. 11? Holiday history, military facts and more