History of Veterans Day
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. 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.”
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
When: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10 AM EST - 10: AM EST
Online and Facebook Live
Commemorate Veterans Day with an inspiring online ceremony at 10 a.m. (ET) live on Facebook and YouTube with special messages and remarks from Montel Williams, television host and U.S. Marine and Navy Veteran; Bruce Thorn, U.S. Army Veteran and President and CEO of Big Lots, Inc.; and our President and CEO, Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). https://www.facebook.com/events/1391196911089229
National Veterans Day Observance
- Wednesday, Nov 11
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
The National Veterans Day Observance is held each year Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony starts precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. uniformed services.
VA will live stream the ceremony at
For those that do not have Facebook:
Virtual Veteran Film Festival
- Sunday, Nov 8, 12:00 p.m. –
Saturday, Nov 14, 11:00 p.m. ET
The Veterans Film Festival provides a unique forum for veterans to find expression, healing, and community while increasing the public’s awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military veterans.
Virtual Film Festival and tickets here:
Don’t miss our Director’s Panel on November 12, from 6-7:30 pm. Register here to join the event live on Zoom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-oFiJ04tRjKQ3KwpX2Upsg
The director’s panel will feature eight directors from films included in the festival and be moderated by OneVet OneVoice founder Eddie Ramirez. The panel is hosted by San Francisco Public Library, which is a proud sponsor of the Veterans Film Festival. Learn more about SFPL’s Services for veterans at sfpl.org/veterans.
On Veterans Day, it is absolutely essential that every veteran has the chance to participate, and that every member of the public has the opportunity to show their support and appreciation to those who have served. The group also has Marching Orders, which are 11 activities Veterans and/or their supporters can do on-screen or at-home, either by themselves or with a socially distanced group. Continuing the traditions of the nation's largest Veterans Day salute. https://parade.uwvc.org/plans/marching-orders
For more national events, please visit the Veterans Affairs Events web site:
For information regarding CMU's observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day: