Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the federal holiday in honor of all veterans, living or dead, who have served this country. Veterans Day was first observed as Armistice Day, because Nov. 11 is the date of the cessation of hostilities in World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 calling for an annual observance and Nov. 11 was declared a holiday in 1938. In 1954 President Eisenhower issued a proclamation renaming the observance Veterans Day to indicate the holiday was in honor of all veterans, not just those who fought in World War I.
Since the Armistice went into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1917, 11 a.m. is the time of the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. In other Anglophone countries that fought in World War I, Nov. 11 is called Remembrance Day and it is common practice to observe a 2 minute's silence at 11 a.m.
You might be unaware of it, but there's a memorial to World War I veterans in our very own Union Square. It honors all the American soldiers who died in that war, but pays particular tribute to the fallen of the battles of Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Meuse-Argonne. The monument was provided by the Welcome Home Club of Ward 2 and dedicated in 1920.