"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
It was a Sunday evening and all was relatively quiet. Everyone knew that it would only last until about six the next morning when the big guns would begin their barrage again. The artillery on both sides would lob shells toward each other which would explode with the deafening boom that could be heard miles away. For five hours it would continue like that even though a truce had been reached between the warring parties the day before. It had been decided that the armistice would go into effect only at 11am the next day, Monday, November 11, 1918. The Great War To End All Wars ended as ignominously as it had begun. But the day it ended, November 11, has been commemorated ever since.
In 1954 Congress recognized that there were other veterans of other wars who did not have a day set aside for such recognition. As a result, Congress expanded Armistice Day to include all American veterans, past, present, and future, and changed its name to Veterans' Day.
It is a day to remember, to honor, to salute all veterans of all American wars. It is a time to remember that "All gave some, some gave all." They are the reason America remains, and will remain, free.