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In Honor of Those Who Served

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 10, 2008

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Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day. On November 11, 1918, World War I, “The War to End All Wars” came to an end when a cease fire agreement, The Treaty of Versailles, was signed at 11:00 AM in Rethondes, France. A year later, November 11 was established as Armistice Day. Armistice Day did not become a federal holiday until 1938, when World War II appeared to be imminent. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all American wars. The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC is the location for national Veterans Day ceremonies. An Army honor guard, the 3rd U. S. infantry (also known as The Old Guard) keep watch over the tomb twenty-four hours a day, year round. On November 11 at 11 AM, a combined color guard representing all branches of service executes a “Present Arms” at the tomb. A presidential wreath is laid and “Taps” is played in tribute to the nation’s fallen war heroes. The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of a soldier from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It formerly contained a soldier from the Vietnam War, but his remains were later identified and returned to his family. For more information about Veterans Day, visit this article at Infoplease, or research Veterans Day on our Creekview databases. Images for this Animoto video are from our Unquiet Library display, from a Veterans Day word cloud I created using Wordle, from an image I created using TypoGenerator, and from these sources on Flickr Creative Commons: eagle102.net, Kevin, and army.mil. Thanks, guys!

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