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Veteran's Day Images and Pictures:
Images and Pictures to Honor American veterans.
Wounded Veterans show the sacrifices made for AmericaVeterans Day (originally called Armistice Day) is a day of remembrance for all U.S. military veterans. The original version of his holiday was called Armistice Day, to honor the sacrifice of the military veterans of World War One, and was set for November 11 as that was the day that the U.S. and other Allied nations signed the cease-fire, or armistice, with Germany ending the fighting in World War One. Interestingly, this armistice, which was signed at 5:00 AM Paris time, took effect on at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
President Woodrow Wilson, the Commander-in-Chief during World War One, declared Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In his proclamation of Armistice Day, Wilson said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us "
In 1938, Congress passed a law making November 11 a legal holiday to be referred to as "Armistice Day."
Following World War Two, a movement began to change the annual holiday to honor all veterans, not just those from World War One. Congress changed the law in 1954, formally changing the name to "Veterans Day." November 11, 2012, marks the 58th Veterans Day in the United States since the name change.
Video footage U.S. Marines in the Battle of Hue in 1968 during the Vietnam War
November 11th is also referred to as "Remembrance Day" in the France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and many nations associated with the old British Empire and with the Commonwealth. These nations include Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, among others.
While Germany, for obvious reasons, does not celebrate the Armistice as the Allied nations do, beginning in 1952, Germany has held a national day of mourning as a secular public holiday called Volkstrauertag (people's day of mourning), which is observed two Sundays before the first Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday closest to November 16.
Planting American Flags at Arlington National Cemetary
Photos below taken June, 1997, Omaha Beach, France
Photographs Copyright © 1997 Roger A. Lee
An Unknown Soldier's Grave at the American Cemetary at Normandy.
A monument to the bravery of the American Rangers who took Pointe Du Hoc from the Germans on D-Day.
American Wars and the Issues Affecting War Veterans
World War One (1914-1918)--The first "official" world war was originally known as "The Great War," and also as "The World War."
World War Two (1939-1945)--The United States joined the war in 1941 and ended the war as the world's major power.
Cold War (1945-1990)--The United States and other Western nations formed the backbone of anti-Communist resistance in the Cold War.
Korean War (1950-1953)--The United States led the United Nation's military effort to save South Korea from Communist.
Vietnam War (1957-1975)--The United States attempted to save South Vietnam from Communist forces. Vietnam veterans faced a hostile reception from anti-war elements at home, dealt with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and suffered from illnesses associated with the use of the herbicide called Agent Orange.
U.S. Intervention in Lebanon (1982-1984)
Invasion of Grenada (1983)--American forces invaded Grenada to protect American civilians and to end a bloody Communist regime on that Caribbean island. Cuban forces on Grenada also fought against the liberation by U.S. forces.
Gulf War (1991)--American troops led the way along with British, French and other allied forces to resist Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
U.S. and Allied Intervention in Somalia (1991-1992)
The Bosnian War (19951996) --
The Kosovo War (1999) --
Afghanistan War (2001-Present)--The United States and other allies to oust the Taliban and al-Qaida from power in Afghanistan in the wake of al-Qaida's September 11 attacks on the United States.
Global War on Terror (2001-Present)--The United States and many other nations around the world are engaged in military, political, economic, and diplomatic efforts to combat Islamic Militancy in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Iraq War (2003-Present)--U.S., Britain, Australia, and Poland invaded Iraq to drive out the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein.
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