Veterans Day is a holiday observed annually on November 11th in the United States to honor military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday was established to commemorate the end of World War I and honor the veterans who fought in that war. The holiday has since evolved to recognize and honor veterans of all wars. Here are a few images offering a unique glimpse into the history of Veterans Day.
New York Times page covering Armistice Day on November 1918
A World War I-era photograph captures the bustling crowds around City Hall during the Armistice Day celebration on November 11, 1918. The photograph features a replica Statue of Liberty unveiled earlier that year in April during the Third Liberty Loan drive.
The Great Frieze by Edmond Amateis displayed on the Kansas City Liberty Memorial in 1926. The inscription reads, "These have dared bear the torches of sacrifice and service. Their bodies return to dust but their work liveth evermore. Let us strive on to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."