“On that 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 Eisenhower during his proclamation of the first Veterans Day in 1954

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. Armistice Day would later become Veterans Day following the occurrence of WWII and the Korean War which necessitated including the many other veterans. Much of the United States seems to think of Veterans Day as a prime retail sales opportunity but many places take time to honor those that put on the uniform to serve the country. 

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