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The 11th Hour: The Date Behind Veterans Day

Posted by Enkill_Eridos on November 11, 2009

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The 11th Hour: The Date Behind Veterans Day
by Claudine Zap
16 hours ago

650 Votes
While most know that Veterans Day honors those who have served in the military, the meaning behind its exact date (November 11) may not be so familiar. Here’s the backstory:

Back in 1918, in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a stop to hostilities was declared, ending World War I. An armistice to cease the fighting on the Western Front was signed by the Allied powers and Germany.

President Woodrow Wilson immediately proclaimed the day “Armistice Day,” kicking off the annual commemoration on November 11. But over the years, with veterans returning from World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day — a day reserved to honor veterans returning from all wars. But 11/11 still represented the end of the Great War in the public’s mind, and the date stuck.

In 1921, unidentified dead from the war were buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Westminster Abbey in London, and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The tradition to honor those killed in the war but never identified continues every year in the U.S. The ceremony is held at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Congress designated Veterans Day as a legal holiday in 1938, and since then, most Americans have come to know it as a day for store sales and parades. Yahoo! Searches on the holiday have already surged on the Web. People want to know “veterans day history,” “veterans day closings,” veterans day sales,” and “veterans day free meals.”

This was taken off Yahoo, I will not add any two cents.


4 Responses to “The 11th Hour: The Date Behind Veterans Day”

  1. dorian said

    we all add our two cents in the comments anyway, e_e – here’s mine: 11:11 has esoteric significance. google 11:11 and you’d be surprised what comes up.
    i’ve seen 11:11 for many years in clocks, watches, street numbers, etc…it always seems to alert me to itself. when i woke up i looked in the calendar of course, today is november 11. today is the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 2009 (numerologically an 11) so it’s 11:11:11 today. pretty binary, eh?
    here’s one of the many links: http://www.urigeller.com/articles/11.htm i’m not a believer of uri geller but his article is interesting.

    good to know our telepathic synergy still there.


  2. Enkill_Eridos said

    I understand the significance of 11:11:11 but today for me is a private day, other than the subway thing I will not be opening up that much.


  3. 1minionsopinion said


    “Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier.

    It isn’t a national holiday across Canada, but employees in federally regulated employees do get the day off. Several provinces and territories — including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon — do observe a statutory holiday.”

    Hence the reason I’m at home instead of stamping books. I see someone never proofread this before they posted it. Tsk, CBC. Tsk.


  4. dorian said

    oh, i forgot – happy veteran’s day, e_e!


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