The Origin of Veterans Day

Veteran's Day

Reading Comprehension for November 11

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Veterans Day? Wars are a part of every nation's history. Almost 100 years ago, an official day was set aside in the United States to honor those who had fought for their country.

At 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, an armistice ended the fighting of "the Great War" - what we now call World War I. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson announced the first Armistice Day. It would be a day to celebrate victory. It would honor those who had fought in the war. It was a day to celebrate the end of the Great War.

In 1921, the body of an unidentified American soldier from World War I was brought to Washington, D.C. At 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1921, he was buried in a special place in Arlington National Cemetery. It was called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Warren Harding presided over the ceremony.

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