Veteran’s Day honors living veterans as well as those who have given their lives serving in the Armed Forces. Anyone who has served is a veteran and deserves recognition on Wednesday, November 11, which is designated as Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. November 11 is the day on which World War I ended in 1918. What day could be more perfect to recognize all of those who have served. Catholic Cemeteries wants to honor one very special veteran, John Kissel, a brave man who protected our freedoms, we’re honor to have him as part of our staff.
A Brief History of Veterans Day
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson designated November 11 as “Armistice Day ” in order to commemorate the end of World War I — which ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (literally 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918). In 1938, Armistice Day became an official U.S. holiday.
In 1954, however, after a second war had engulfed the world, as well as the Korean War soon after that, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
…let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower.