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Veterans Day

It was "the war to end all wars." Or at least that's how World War I was viewed in November of 1918, when it was known simply as "The Great War".

And it was on the eleventh hour.. of the eleventh day.. of the eleventh month in 1918 that fighting ended on the western front of the war through an armistice; A day which would eventually be remembered and recognized in the U.S. as Veterans Day.

In November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In his proclamation, Wilson said:

"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..."
Thank you to all who have served to keep our nation free.

14th Regiment New York, 1865

14th Regiment New York, 1865

Arlington, VA - Changing of the Guard at Tomb of the Unknowns

Arlington, VA - Changing of the Guard at Tomb of the Unknowns

Arlington, VA - Flag Folding

Arlington, VA - Flag Folding

Arlington, VA - Marine Corps Memorial

Arlington, VA - Marine Corps Memorial

Arlington, VA - Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Arlington, VA - Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Arlington, VA - US Army Funeral

Arlington, VA - US Army Funeral

Arlington, VA - Wreaths For the Fallen

Arlington, VA - Wreaths For the Fallen

Austin, TX - World War I Memorial Fountain

Austin, TX - World War I Memorial Fountain

Baghdad, Iraq - 82nd Airborne Re-enlistment Ceremony

Baghdad, Iraq - 82nd Airborne Re-enlistment Ceremony

Chickamauga, GA - Battle Re-enacters

Chickamauga, GA - Battle Re-enacters

Clemson, SC - Land of the Free & Home of the Brave

Clemson, SC - Land of the Free & Home of the Brave

Daphne, AL - Veterans Memorial

Daphne, AL - Veterans Memorial

Fort Hood, TX - U.S. Cavalry

Fort Hood, TX - U.S. Cavalry

Fort Irwin, CA - Lane Training

Fort Irwin, CA - Lane Training

Fort Irwin, CA - National Training Center

Fort Irwin, CA - National Training Center

Fort Jackson, SC - US Army Basic Training

Fort Jackson, SC - US Army Basic Training

Fort Knox, KY - Soldier, 1942

Fort Knox, KY - Soldier, 1942

Franklin, TN - Battle

Franklin, TN - Battle

Guthrie, OK - Memorial Helmets

Guthrie, OK - Memorial Helmets

Home again, 1866

Home again, 1866