Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, initially celebrated the end of the first world war. The fields in Europe where the war was fought were full of wild red poppies and for many years, red poppies were the symbol of World War I.

The fighting ended between the Allies and Germany at 11 AM on 11/11 — November 11, 1918. This is accepted almost universally as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, this barely interrupted the progression of the rest of the wars we have been fighting — almost continuously — ever since.

The day was originally titled “Armistice Day” since it was the time of the Armistice for World War I — the Great Way. Which is what I still call it.

After the police action in Korea concluded in 1954, “Veterans” was substituted for “Armistice.” The holiday became Veterans Day and honors veterans of all the wars we have ever fought. Which are a lot of wars and a great many veterans.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed amid considerable confusion on October 25, 1971. On September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford returned Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, starting 1978.

The ultimate movie about World War I!

From the Veterans Administration:

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

All honor to all our veterans, of all the wars we have throughout the years and around the world. Let’s hope in future years, we will have fewer battles to fight.

20 thoughts on “TODAY IS ARMISTICE DAY–THE 11TH HOUR OF THE 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. Due to the time differences, it was yesterday for us. It seems to be called Remembrance Day these days but people still know Armistice Day. It’s not a day for big parades and speeches. We do that on ANZAC Day, it’s more quiet reflection, Even when the Grand Prix used to be held in November the one-minute silence was observed at the track. I was at home yesterday so didn’t buy a poppy but I did stop doing the housework while the Ode was read on the radio and observe the silence.

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    • Tas, over the course of my life, primarily my working years, I met Vets from WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. My materal Gramps told me lots of stories about his service in the Danish Navy (He was a Barbados native) during WW1. Seemed so long ao and far away.

      My Dad served and saw action in Europe (Battle of the Bulge) in WW2. Ditto my Uncle and many others I met over the years.

      Later in life, I met Vets who saw action on D-Day. They shared their stories with me. about the Normandy invasion. It was matter-of-fact chatter but you could see the look and remembrance in their eyes, the tears –recalling the horror and images of friends killed.

      Many of my work colleagues in the 60’s and 70’s were Korean War Vets. They always felt forgotten in the Vets Day celebrations.

      I spent time with Harold Russell (The real life amputee – “Homer” – in “The Best Years of our Lives”). In the early 70’s, Russell was with the Vets’ Administration in Massacusetts. I recall frustrated conversation about Russell’s uphill battle to improve VA conditions — almost 30 years after he’d served. He’d mute his anger but it was clear.

      How soon the pols and suits forget those who served, those who made the ultimate sacrifice. So, I have mixed feelings when I see those people saluting on Veterans’ Day..

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    • I remember seeing Arlington closeup during my working years and was overwhelmed. I was taping a Veterans’ Day news feature. Naturally, we used the cemetery a lot in my piece.
      I felt a bit haunted in the following days.


  2. Thank you sincerely for posting a reminder. I knew ‘the day’ was close, but wasn’t sure. This is my father’s birthday too. A day meant for reflection and remembering those who passed on. Pop never got to serve (he would have been eligible for Korea) and expressed a life-long regret that he could not. He thought it was the greatest service a person could give to their country. I’ll remember hubby today too (Vietnam). Thank you Marilyn. ❤

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