Reported By 1SG C.Brock
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Today, the United States marks Veterans Day, recognizing military veterans and celebrating their service to our nation.
Nationwide, cities and towns, government offices, and civic groups hold 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.
After World War II, the largest conflict in human history, US veterans began to petition Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. As millions more military personnel had served in World War II than in World War I, many Americans thought that all 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 observers 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!