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    • Nation Celebrates Veterans Day

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      Today, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. It is a time to honor the service of military veterans and to recognize their contributions to our nation.

      Around the country, Americans have scheduled Veterans Day events to honor the patriotism, work, and sacrifice of military veterans.

      The roots of Veterans Day go back to the end of World War I. After Imperial Germany signed the Armistice of November 11, 1918, the victorious Allied Powers set the date as Armistice Day.

      US President Woodrow Wilson celebrated the first Armistice Day in America on November 11, 1919.

      Following World War II, US veterans began to petition Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. The Second World War was the largest conflict in human history, and more than three times as many American military personnel had served in that war than in World War I. Millions of people thought that all American servicemen and women should be recognized.

      In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law a bill marking Veterans Day on November 11 each year.

      Veterans Day is a federal holiday, and non-essential federal offices are closed.

      Many observants hold 2 minutes of silence in honor of veterans at 2:11 p.m. EST.

      The Third Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit honors the service of our nation’s fighting men and women. Thank you, veterans!

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