Lest We Forget
Every November 11, the United States observes Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and to remember their immense contributions to the country. It is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in military service. Veterans Day honors military veterans for their contributions to the country, a day that carries historical and patriotic significance to many Americans.
Veterans Day was previously known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was intended to mark “the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations,” the end of World War I, known at its time as “The Great War.”
Even though the war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, many countries mark the anniversary of the end of World War I with Remembrance Day or Armistice Day on November 11th. The day when major hostilities of World War I ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918
In the aftermath of World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954 making Armistice Day a holiday, and the word “Armistice” was replaced in favor of “Veterans” to commemorate all veterans and not just those who died in World War I.
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of 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.” — Woodrow Wilson
The U.S. Navy League Singapore Council invites you to join us in observing a moment of silence at 11a.m. on November 11 in honor of US veterans. Veterans Day is not only a time to remember the sacrifices and contributions of US Service men and women in war. Perhaps, more importantly, it is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of the value of peace and the very great service veterans give to protect it.