It was on November 11, 1918, that a cease-fire was signed between Allied forces and Germany, officially ending World War I on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” For the next 36 years, America remembered November 11 as Armistice Day. But after another World War and the Korean War, the word “Armistice” no longer seemed appropriate and so Congress voted to change the holiday to Veterans Day. Many Americans still observe a moment of silence at 11am on this day in honor of all veterans. And this year Veterans Day falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year!

Happy Armistice Day! Happy Veterans Day! And thank you to all the men and women who serve in our armed forces to protect our freedom!