Happy Veterans Day

11/11/2011 § 1 Comment

Armistice Day, New York, 1919.
Victory Arch.

Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day, commemorating the day that the Great War ended, which at the time was thought to be the “War to End all Wars.”  By 1939 it became apparent that this ideal would unfortunately not bear out and the holiday was expanded in 1953 to honor all veterans, living or dead.  Veterans Day has my father, grandfather, great uncle and many other friends and family members who have proudly served our country front of mind today — not least of all because the parade will be passing my office on Fifth Avenue.  To each and every one of them, I owe a deep debt of gratitude and I admire their commitment and bravery.  Thank you.

Happy Veterans Day.

Armistice Day, New York , 1919.
Colonel Donovan and staff of 165th Infantry, passing under the Victory Arch.

Armistice Day, London, 1918.

Armistice Day, Virginia, 1943.
Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Images via US National Archives and LIFE Archives.
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