Veteran's Day

"On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month..."

Those words in an Allied communique on November 11, 1918, signaled the end of World War One.

After World War Two, the name was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France and Belgium, known also as the Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.

The armistice ending WWI signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, agreed to the end of hostilities on the Western Front and mandated that fighting should stop at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

The most famous poem of World War I is below.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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