Today is Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th was selected as the day of remembrance for the end of World War I. The date was specifically chosen because the war came to a formal end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. After World War II, the name of the day changed to Veterans Day, but the spirit remains the same: Honoring Those Who Serve.
If you want to learn more about the men and women in military service, take a moment and head to the Veterans History Project. This is the web repository of an oral history project developed by the Library of Congress’ American Memory. The project collects personal accounts from veterans of military actions America has participated in since World War I. It also includes accounts from soldiers who have returned from recent duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.