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Hi everyone, I'm Alisha.
Since 1919, November 11th has been a national holiday in the United States. Originally called "Armistice Day", Veterans Day commemorates the men and women who served in America's armed forces. This holiday is marked by parades, educational events, and gatherings at memorials to fallen soldiers.
There is a specific time of day associated with this November 11th holiday, as well. Can you guess what it is?
We’ll show you the answer at the end of this video.
The holiday was originally specific to the ending of World War I, but it became Veterans Day in 1954.
The end of World War I marked the end of the first global conflict in which the United States had been involved. It also marked the end of one of its bloodiest wars and, to ensure that people didn't forget, Armistice Day was signed into law in 1919.
Veterans Day parades are popular events on November 11th. Today, there are no surviving combat veterans from the First World War, which it was originally designed to commemorate. You'll find veterans of all wars as well as peacetime veterans marching in Veterans Day parades in the United States.
People who served in the United States Marine Corps also celebrate the birthday of their branch of service on November 11th. The United States Marine Corps was established on November 10th, 1775, but the events are close enough to make Veterans Day an important celebration for members of the Marine Corps, as well. Most members of the Marine Corps get some time off to enjoy this holiday.
Veterans Day was briefly moved to October in 1971. The move did not last long, and by 1978 the holiday had been moved back to its original November 11th date.
And now here's the answer to the quiz.
Do you know the specific time of day associated with this November 11th holiday?
During Veterans Day celebrations, the most important time of day is eleven o'clock AM. The armistice that brought World War I to a halt was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Germany's agreement to this ceasefire brought an end to a war whose repercussions would be felt well into the next generation.
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