Honoring Those who Have Served: How Veteran’s Day Came To Be

The image shown depicts the aftermath of a battle that occurred during World War I. Image from
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The image shown depicts the aftermath of a battle that occurred during World War I. Image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I

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Gunshots, destruction, and death. These are some of the many outcomes of war, particularly World War 1. At the time, WW1 was known as “The Great War,” and was the beginning of how Veteran’s Day came to be. The end of this tragedy left scars on the world’s heart, and it marked a new era for the U.S. 

World War I began in July 28, 1918. What exactly caused the war remains arguable as World War 1 was a victim of “multiple causation,” meaning there were several factors that made the war inevitable. But many people agree that if it weren’t for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne in June 28, 1914, perhaps the war would not have been initiated at the time that it was. The assassination occurred in Sarajevo, where Gavrillo Princip, a member of the “Black Hand Society,” shot and killed Ferdinand and his wife. Four years later the first World War had ended, leaving mass destruction and an unprecedented amount of deaths from all sides, both military members and civilians. 

November 11, 1918 marked the end of World War I. This was the day a new holiday was born, in which we honor those brave people who fought, and continue to fight for the freedom of our country. On Veteran’s Day, we thank all of those who serve. Their experiences will never be completely understood, but we know that they protect with pride, and their service is honorable. Thank you veterans, what you have done for us will never be taken for granted, or forgotten.