In 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “War to End All Wars” came to an end. This day was called Armistice Day because it was the day the leaders of the major countries fighting in World War I signed an armistice, otherwise known as a peace treaty.
To commemorate the first anniversary of Armistice Day, the English government asked that all unknown soldiers be buried on this day, a tradition that sparked the ideals behind what is now known as Veteran’s Day.
Armistice Day was renamed Veteran’s Day after the end of World War II when it was decided that the veterans of both wars needed to be honored.
Veteran’s Day is celebrated all around the world, not just in the United States. All across the globe, the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country’s beliefs are honored with parades, ceremonies, assemblies, and other events.
One of the other ways to honor veterans is a moment of silence. It began on the morning of November 11th, 1918 when people were called on to be silent for one minute to remember those who died in battle, a tradition that is still carried on today.
“Every year I would go to my grandchildren’s Veterans Day assemblies,” Keith Sheets, a three year veteran said. “When my granddaughter was in 5th grade at Willis, they had me and the other vets stand up and say a little something about the service.”
Sheets says that he and other veterans feel very honored, especially at the assemblies run by the school.
Celebrations and ceremonies happen all over the world, in schools, churches, home town cemeteries and national cemeteries.
Soldiers and other armed personnel that have served for the United States attend these celebrations to remember their service.
“Going to these amazing celebrations and ceremonies makes me feel good about what I did,” Sheets said. “Knowing I could be someones hero, especially my granddaughter’s, puts a big smile on my heart which is enough for me,”
Celebrating Veterans Day is popular not only amongst adults but also children. Many schools take trips to Washington D.C. to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m. on November 11, a color guard representing every service branch will present arms and solute the tomb. As this is happening, a bugler plays taps and a wreath is placed at the Tomb’s base.
For the fifth year in a row, Delaware will have its own Veteran’s Day ceremony. It takes place on November 11th at the Council for Older Adults, which is located at 800 Cheshire Road. All current and former military personnel are invited to a breakfast buffet at 8:00 AM, followed by a presentation to honor those men and women.
Honoring a veteran is like hugging a hero. It is not only a thanks to him for fighting for the country but it also shows appreciation for his sacrifices.