Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, 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. In some places, they still are. The war ended on November 11, 1918 at 11 in the morning. 11-11 at 11AM. We celebrate that day tomorrow.

Veterans Day Moment of Silence

The Veterans Day Moment of Silence calls on all Americans to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day, beginning at 3:11 pm Atlantic standard time, in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the nation. The 3:11 pm time was chose because in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.

People in different time zones can observe the moment of silence at these times: Eastern Standard Time; 2:11 p.m. Central Standard Time; 1:11 Mountain Standard Time; 12:11 Pacific Standard Time; 11:11 a.m. Alaska Standard Time; 10:11 a.m; Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time 9:11 a.m.

The Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act become law in the year 2016.

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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 wars. The holiday was known as Armistice Day. 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 as of November 11, 1978.

From the Veterans Administration:

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

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.

Let’s hope in future years, we will have fewer wars. No wars would be perfect. We can but hope.

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5 replies

  1. Time for another viewing of “Oh, What A Lovely War”.

    I wonder if the war mongers have seen this brilliant film which slices and dices their Duke Wayne combat fantasies.

    That’ll be the day!


  2. So many people have no knowledge or very filtered information about WW1. I got some insight from my maternal Gramps who served in the Danish Navy as a Barbados native. I think Marilyn got more input from her Mom who had child/adult memories of WW1.

    WW 2 is ancient history for many folks. I’m like Marilyn’s Mom with child/adult memories. My Dad saw horrific combat duty as an Army Sgt overseas. He rarely shared until the last few weeks and days of his life.

    Veterans Day, for many, is a day of war movies and parades. Parades used by Pols who often use the threat of war as their ace in the hole. So, again, when will they ever learn?


  3. Thank you so much for the information!

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    • I read “The Guns of August” (Barbara Tuchman) many years ago. It was an eye-opener. They don’t even tell the stories of that war in schools anymore. Most kids aren’t sure what happened before 1995 and many aren’t sure what happened two years ago. We aren’t taught history or the importance of history. They may be a big part of why we never get any better. If you don’t understand what happened before, how do you know you aren’t repeating the same thing they did — again (and again and again and again).

      For me, history really is about learning what NOT to do in the present and future. It’s not about memorizing who was king of what and when. It’s about WHY things are the way they are — and where are we going next (and if we should). I’m always very happy to share knowledge. I didn’t read those books by accident. Someone somewhere suggested them to me. I don’t even remember who, only that after I read “The Guns of August,” I then read all the rest of Tuchman’s writings and moved on to other historians. I like science fiction because it’s set in a future I’m not sure we’ll really have — and the future is born from the past.

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