Veterans Day – Armistice Day

Our modern day honorific for our service members celebrates the end of World War I, The Great War, on November 11th, 1918 at the 11th hour. It was, at the time meant to be the end of all wars. We know the tragic naive nature of the good will of that wish. The Second World War was two decades away. It was officially ratified as a holiday on the 13th of May, 1938, to be, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” and to be celebrated annually with appropriate ceremony.

In 1954, at the urging of US Veterans, the day was renamed to encompass all Veterans, not just those of World War I. The idea stemmed from much earlier, in 1947, and had been informally celebrated up to the formal ratification.

Millions have stepped up and served since then, made the personal and family sacrifices of time and talent.

Thank You All.

Parades. Tributes. Honorable Mentions. Free Meals. Handshakes. Let them convey the enormous gratitude of a nation made safe and kept safe by the valiant efforts you put forth.

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Group editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.