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In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.
Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans
The Origins of Veterans Day
Many companies sponsor promotions for Veteran's Day. Check out these free meals and other discounts. Thank you for your service!
Applebees Veterans Day: Free Meals for Veterans, Active Duty Military ...
Here are the details of Applebees Veterans Day offer in which both active-duty military and veterans can eat free food. Good for them, and for Krispe Creme Doughnuts which is ...
The essential information is as follows:
1. All Applebees restaurants are participating in the Veterans Day free meal program including Canada. That’s 1900 restaurants in North America! See below for how to find an Applebees restaurant in your area.
2. The hours you can get a free meal are all day long!
3. You must be active duty military or a veteran.
4. You can’t eat just anything you want for free. There are six specific meal choices offered which include a chicken dish, steak, hamburger, vegetarian or pasta.
5. To prove you are really eligible you are allowed to do one of many things. You can wear your uniform, show a military ID, bring an earnings statement or any membership card from a veterans organization. Don’t forget! The honor system does not apply at Applebees restaurants when you want something for nothing.