In 1918, World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The entire world celebrated. An armistice (a truce) was signed declaring the "war to end all wars" was finally over. The next year, on November 11th, the US called the day "Armistice Day" in memory of all the men and women involved in WWI. On Armistice Day, surviving soldiers marched in parades through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and had ceremonies in thanks for the peace that had been won.From About.com :
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.Please take time today to remember all those who have served our country, both living and deceased, for without them we could not benefit from the freedoms that we enjoy (or at least the ones we still have left).
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead.
Pray that those who are involved in conflict abroad come home to their loved ones safe and sound - and soon.