Veteran's Day Images and Pictures:

 Images and Pictures to Honor American veterans.

 Wounded Veterans

Wounded Veterans show the sacrifices made for America

Veterans 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.

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.

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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

 

Known But To God...

An Unknown Soldier's Grave at the American Cemetary at Normandy.

 

 

Pointe du Hoc-Ranger Memorial

 A monument to the bravery of the American Rangers who took Pointe Du Hoc from the Germans on D-Day.

 

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