by Kyra Nakagawa
Brevard High School students were not out of school Tuesday for no reason. Veterans’ Day is an important holiday throughout the nation. Veterans’ Day is remembered on November 11 each year.
In Washington, D.C.’s Arlington Cemetery at the eleventh hour, the Veterans’ Day National ceremony takes place. The ceremony is held to thank and honor all who have served in the armed forces.
Veterans’ Day began when an armistice, or a temporary truce, was signed between the Allies and Germany in 1918 during World War I. Though the war officially ended in 1919, this cessation of fighting is often referred to as the end of the Great War.
President Wilson declared that November 11 would be remembered as Armistice Day with the words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”