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Veterans’ Day

November 11th, 2005

[Red poppies]

In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, in France, ending World War I.

Since then, November 11 was celebrated in the United States to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace.

Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans’ Day to honor veterans of all wars. At 11:00 in the morning, most Americans observe a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.

On Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, veteran groups raise funds for their charitable activities by selling paper poppies made by disabled veterans. This bright red wildflower became a symbol of the consequences of war after the bloody battles in Flanders fields, in Belgium.

To learn more on World War I, please visit The Heritage of the Great War.

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