The History Of Veterans Day

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The History of Veterans Day
Every year on November 11 we honor and remember all U.S. veterans who fought for our country and freedom. We express our gratitude, and reflect on the sacrifices that were made from all the men and women throughout history. Veterans Day has been an annual holiday since 1938, and originated on November 11, 1919 after WWI (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 2015). Veterans Day is not just like any other American holiday. It expresses our thanks, as American citizens, to all of those that came and fought before us to keep the United States a free country. Veterans Day has evolved over the years from being a day to honor the veterans of World War I, to becoming a staple in the American calendar so that citizens of the United States can honor all of the Veterans, of all wars, throughout America’s rich history. The First World War is what eventually led to the establishment of Veterans Day. The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. The United States tried to remain neutral throughout the war, but due to a variety of reasons neutrality became impossible. The U.S began feeling pressure to enter the war when American cargo and passenger ships fell under attack as a result of Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare. (History.com, 2010) The final pushing point was what is now known as “The Zimmerman Telegram.” Germany sent Mexico a coded telegram wanting them to attack the United States from the southern border, this message was…
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