The Meaning of Veterans Day/Armistice Day
This photo was taken in Paris, France on Armistice Day November 11, 1918.
At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month... (at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918)
Armistice Day was declared, and the guns fell silent on the battlefields of Europe.
Armistice Day marked the end of the Great War, which began in Europe in 1914; it was finally over!
The USA entered WWI in April 1917.
Armistice Day has been commemorated on November 11 throughout the British Commonwealth countries ever since 1918.
In the weeks leading up to November 11, poppies are sold to raise funds for retired veterans.
In the USA, Armistice Day is better known as Veterans Day. This is the day on which we honor all our veterans,
those who are serving as well as those who have paid the ultimate price with their lives.
(Note: Memorial Day is the day we honor those veterans who died in service to their country.)