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Veterans Day

Every November 11, is the public holiday in the United States, that honors military veterans who used to serve in Armed Force of the United States.

However, its earliest name is “Armistice Day”. On November 11, 1919, the World War I had finally ended. One year after, president Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day in order to memorize the heroes of the country, and express gratitude for the victory because it brought freedom and opportunity to the American people. The “Armistice” shows that the U.S is on the side of peace.

The Origin of Veterans Day

People in Emporia city, Kansas called this day “Veterans Day” instead, to honors the retired soldiers. On May 26, 1956, president Eisenhower assigned the bill to change the name from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day” which was proposed by the congressman in Kansas.

Ceremony Activities

On every November 11, everyone from the president to the state’s governors have to salute for all veterans. In Fifth Avenue, New York City, the grand parade is hosted every year. In Washington D.C, people go to Vietnam Veterans Memorial to express their grief besides the names of 58 thousand killed-soldiers, which are curved on a gigantic marble stone.

By Xicheng He

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