The holiday that we now know as Veterans Day, has its origins in the ending of World War 1 – then known as “The Great War”. fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. For that reason, it was originally referred to as “Armistice Day” and was set aside to honor veterans of World War I.
Though many had called it “the war to end all wars”, mankind continued to clash and create conflict after World War I. Brave men and women fought in other wars including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war. In 1975, President Ford signed Public Law 94-97 which declared November 11 officially “Veterans Day” to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and sacrifice for our common good.
There are many monuments and memorials that commemorate this special day, and the people who served our country. Here are some of our favorites:
Location: Anthem, Arizona
Designed By: Renee Palmer – Jones
Description: Five stone pillars representing five branches of the army, surrounded by 750 brick pavers within a Circle of Honor that symbolizes the ‘support” of the forces and an unbreakable border. The white pillars with the red bricks sit under a blue sky to represent our patriotic colors.
Cool Fact: “At precisely 11:11am each November 11, the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.”