While World War I was officially concluded with the signing of the reaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the actual end of hostilities was on November 11th, 1918 with the signing of the armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Â A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day, a day of remembrance and a day of hope that our country would never again go to war.
WhereasÂ the 11th of November 1918, marked 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, which we hope may never again be severed, and
WhereasÂ it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.
In 1938, with an act of Congress, Armistice Day became a national holiday. Â In 1954, Congress again acted, changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day.
I hope that on this day, while recognizing the sacrifice of military families, we also remember President Wilson’s hope that Americans pray for peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations. Â It’s a noble goal.