The History of Veterans Day and My Story Being an "Army Brat"
Marisa Lloyd

The History of Veterans Day and My Story Being an "Army Brat"

History Information Comes From "This Day in History" at History.com

Veterans day is a very historic day for individuals around the world. The day started out as Armistice Day. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War 1 ended.

Germany, lacking the manpower and supplies needed to be faced with the invasions they knew were coming, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies. This historic moment took place inside a railroad car outside of Compiégne, France. 

The lives that were lost in this war, hurt every nation involved. Around nine million men in arms dead and 21 million wounded, while around five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure. 

 

Exactly three years after the end of World War 1, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia during the annual Armistice Day ceremony presided over by President at the time, Warren G. Harding. 

Two days before this, an unknown soldier, who had lost their life somewhere on a Great War battlefield arrived in Washington D.C from a military cemetery in France. On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international officials, this unknown soldier was buried with the highest honors beside the memorial amphitheater. 

Below his grave, a two-inch layer of soil from France was placed so the soldier could forever rest on the earth his life was taken fighting for his county. 

 

On Veterans Day in 1942, Congress approved lowering the draft age to 18 and rising the upper age to 37. By this time, the United States was a full participant in the war instead of a natural bystander like the administration originally planned. 

By the war’s end, around 34 million men had enlisted into the military, while 10 million had been drafted into the military. 

 

Veterans day is a day to honor all those who have fought for our country. Personally, I am the very proud daughter of a veteran. My father served in the Army for 20 years. When I was little, I used to be told my dad was on vacation playing cards in an air-conditioned office while really, he was fighting in the battle of Fallujah. 

Even when the world was hurting, and he was risking his life to protect the United States. He always made sure to protect his family the most. From talking with a 10-second delay over a satellite phone, to finally having Skype, then FaceTime, he always made sure to check in on us as often as he could.

Growing up as what everyone calls an “Army Brat” was something I will forever cherish. My dad is more than just my hero, he is a hero of the entire United States. It takes a special type of super dad to fight for every citizen in our county. From moving around to saying goodbyes as deployment came too soon. My dad has always been a loving parent who loved protecting our country too. 

Information about the history of Veterans Day comes from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/world-war-i-ends

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