November 11, 1918: this was the day that the United States as well as other countries from around the world formally signed an armistice, or ceasefire, formally ending World War I. World War I was unlike any other conflict the United States, or the world had ever been involved in.
While Veterans Day may coincide with Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, we celebrate Veterans Day to remember those veterans who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. It is sometimes put in the same category of Memorial Day (which is celebrated in May), however, Veterans Day is to honor those who have served and are serving, while Memorial Day honors those who have fallen in combat.
President Woodrow Wilson issued a message on November of 1919, one year after the signing of the armistice which ended World War I. In this message, it detailed the celebration of Armistice Day. In part, the statement reads that America should celebrate the gratitude of victory as well as the peace and justice to help rebuild the nation after the costliest war in recorded history.
On June 4, 1926, Congress requested that President Calvin Coolidge sign an act which would make every November 11 a celebration of Armistice Day w/ appropriate ceremonies. This would be to a day which was “dedicated to the cause of world peace”. Later on, veteran Raymond Weeks issued an idea to have a celebration of all veterans. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law, and in 1954, Congress amended the bill to replace ‘Armistice’ with ‘Veterans’ to celebrate every November 11.
This year is a special year for the annual Veterans Day observance. This marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice formally ending World War I. It is important that we remember each day in honor of our veterans, past and present, that have served and are currently serving the United States of America.
Elgin Public Schools is committed to the celebration of this national observance day, as we never forget those who have served and continue to serve us. Service men and women are the ones who allow us to enjoy the freedoms that they have fought to preserve. They are the ones who allow us to receive a great education, enjoy our way of life, and most importantly, come home to our loved ones at the end of every day.
To those who have served and continue to serve, we say thank you. Your sacrifices never go unnoticed, and we are appreciative of the sacrifices you continue to make to keep our country the greatest country in the world.
Elgin Public Schools