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Today is Veterans Day, a U.S. Federal holiday.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of World War I, which was fought between 1914 and 1918. WWI ended upon the signing of a peace agreement between the Allied Nations and Germany this very day in 1918. Originally declared Armistice Day by President Wilson in 1919, the holiday was later changed to 'Veterans Day' by President Eisenhower in 1954.
It's a day to celebrate freedom, and sacrifice, and the heroic efforts of millions of men and women who have fought in wars and conflicts around the world, as well as those who have served in peacetime. We celebrate our fallen soldiers and living veterans with parades and memorial services, flags on veterans graves, and various events nationwide.
The following is an excerpt from President George W. Bush's 2008 Veterans Day Proclamation:
Our country is forever indebted to our veterans for their quiet courage and exemplary service. We also remember and honor those who laid down their lives in freedom's defense. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our benefit. On Veterans Day, we remember these heroes for their valor, their loyalty, and their dedication. Their selfless sacrifices continue to inspire us today as we work to advance peace and extend freedom around the world.
I couldn't have said it better, myself.