Many Americans across the nation take time out every November 11 at 11 am to commemorate Veterans Day. Virtually every national cemetery, and many cities and towns hold Veterans Day events.
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“World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France,” according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of ‘the war to end all wars,'” the statement added.
Originally called Armistice Day, in 1938 the name was changed to Veterans Day by Congress. In 1954, Congress established November 11 of each year as the official day of commemoration.