Veterans Day – November 11

Veterans Day is November 11. 

In the United States, Veterans Day honors veterans of the armed forces and those killed in the country’s wars. 

The observance began as Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

In 1921, the body of an unknown soldier from World War I was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  Similar ceremonies took place at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

November 11 became a national holiday in the United States in 1938.  In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor those who had served in all U.S. wars.  Ceremonies are held each year at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and floral tributes are placed on the graves of servicemen and at memorials throughout the country.

We invite you to stop by the BSC Library to see the beautiful display created by Carolyn Twingley, Serials/ILL/Archives Librarian, in honor of veterans and their service.

The BSC Library will be closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11.


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