Veterans DayOn this day in 1918, the Allied nations signed a peace agreement with Germany, effectively ending the Great War. A year later, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day to celebrate with parades and gatherings.

In May of 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace, and to honoring World War I veterans. After World War II and the war in Korea, Congress changed the name of the holiday to “Veterans Day” to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is an occasion to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Many Illinois towns and cities celebrate Veterans Day with a parade and a ceremony, so check out your area’s event calendar for details.