Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day!


The Tomb of the Unknowns at the Arlington National Cemetery
 The Tomb of the Unknowns at the Arlington National Cemetery

In 1918 King George V proclaimed that "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" would be observed as the Armistice Day throughout the British Empire in commemoration of the end of the Great War - a war that was supposed to end all wars.

A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 a holiday in the United States. Armistice Day was celebrated until 1954 when the word "Armistice" was replaced with the word "Veterans" in honor of all US Veterans.

On this day we thank the surviving Veterans of the Great War and the Veterans of all wars that followed for their service and sacrifice. We remember those who perished in countless battles hoping that at some point we would never have to fight another war. 

Dominique Allmon

P.S.

In 1921 the remains of an unknown soldier killed in France were buried in a temporary crypt at the Arlington National Cemetery. On November 11, 1932 his resting place was dedicated as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On Memorial Day in 1958 the bodies of two other unknown soldiers were buried in the crypt. The tomb was then renamed the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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