Veterans Day marks 101st year after World War I ended

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This area at the city's Evergreen Cemetery is reserved for veterans whose service dates to World War I. The morning of Veterans Day, a retired Air Force member visited every grave to pay his respects to each one of the fallen. - PHOTOS BY PAM ZUBECK
  • Photos by Pam Zubeck
  • This area at the city's Evergreen Cemetery is reserved for veterans whose service dates to World War I. The morning of Veterans Day, a retired Air Force member visited every grave to pay his respects to each one of the fallen.
Military service is engrained in the American experience, spanning generations. Since World War I, hardly a generation has passed without the nation being involved in war and calling upon its citizens to defend freedom and liberty.

An honored gravesite at Memorial Gardens cemetery in Colorado Springs.
  • An honored gravesite at Memorial Gardens cemetery in Colorado Springs.
In my family, my dad's brother, my Uncle John, served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. He saw a lot of action and was awarded two Purple Hearts. Yet, his letters home didn't mention the bullets flying and the bodies falling. Rather, he talked about what movie had been brought in for the soldiers to watch and the food.

This Veterans Day is a special one, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the first Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, as it was known originally, to mark the end of World War I. The war ended in 1918, and the first Veterans Day was held the following year, with a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

For the people of Colorado Springs, home to five military installations, Veterans Day has a special meaning, and many restaurants and other businesses are saying thanks by giving discounts to vets.



If you want to check out some history of Armistice Day, go here.

According to history.com, here's how the holiday was converted to Veterans Day:
In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
The holiday's complete history is here.
Another view of the Evergreen Cemetery veterans burial plot.
  • Another view of the Evergreen Cemetery veterans burial plot.
 

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