On November 11, 1918, the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour of that day, Germany signed an armistice with the Allies. An armistice is a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of warring parties. This agreement marked the ending of World War I. On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day in honor of World War I Veterans. In 1938, Armistice Day became a National Holiday and New York City, San Diego, CA and Dallas, TX celebrated the day with parades.
In 1953, November 11, the citizens of Emporia, Kansas observed the first Veterans Day led by Alvin King to recognized not only World War I Veterans but all Veterans.
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Bill from Congress to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day honoring all Veterans.
There are 17.4 million Veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the US Census. The VA projected that 8.5 million veterans over the age of 65 were living in 2010 and 8.2 million now remain.
The United States Armed Forces are composed of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard. The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard are reserve components of their services and operate in part under state authority.
During this celebration of Veterans Day, we salute and thank the members of the Pleasant Green Family who along with others served and presently serve in the United States Armed Forces. God Bless Our Veterans and their families and we must remember with reverence those Armed Force members who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for the Freedom that we enjoy!