“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” — Abraham Lincoln
Today, November 11th, CuriosityStream would like to honor and pay respect to all the men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, celebrated on the first anniversary of the end of fighting in World War I. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th with the following 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.”
But while Wilson’s words honored “those who died,” the holiday we now call Veterans Day honors the men and women, both living and deceased, who served in our nation’s armed forces during war or peacetime. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made that change in 1954, to honor all vets, and soon after, Congress officially changed the name of the holiday, replacing Armistice with Veterans. And it has been that way ever since.
Take some time today to honor our veterans by watching the documentary WWI: Hidden Traces, for new insight from the first World War. A century later, archaeologists have helped bring to light the unexpected details of the daily lives of soldiers on the front line. Here is a preview:
To all our veterans today… thank you.