Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.
-- Veterans Affairs Department FAQ on Veterans Day
Why November 11th? World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended
when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace
of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting
ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation
of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect
on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that
reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war
to end all wars.”
Read the library Veterans Day guide for links to books, websites, and more.
Visit the Chattanooga State Veterans webpage for more information about the veterans admission process.