Celebrating Veterans Around The World [VIDEO]
On Nov. 11, the United States of America celebrates Veterans Day, set aside to honor all of the country's veterans.
But the holiday is not exclusively an American one, countries all over the world also honor their veterans today, and for a very specific reason.
Nov. 11 was the date where fighting stopped in World War I, "in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," as the famous saying goes. Known at the time as the "Great War" or the "War to End All Wars" (a distinction which sadly was proven untrue just a couple of decades later). In a history of Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it is noted that the holiday, which was originally known as Armistice Day, was first recognized in the U.S. in 1919.
It became a legal holiday in 1938, and was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all American veterans.
Armistice Day is still celebrated around the world, though in England, and other countries in the British Commonwealth, such as Canada, it is now known as Remembrance Day. France and Belgium still call the holiday Armistice Day.
In this video, Alyson Pelletier of the 121st Public Affairs Detachment, discusses an Armistice Day commemoration at a military base in Kosovo.