To all who have served or continue to serve: Thank you for your service to your country.
The end of hostilities during the “Great War” was marked by an armistice that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day – a day to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service…”
On June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation official changing Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.
With this law, Veteran’s Day became a day to honor all veterans of all wars and conflicts.
NPR Classical’s Blog posted a story about Taps today. In it, they make reference to a 2004 story done on Taps featuring now retired U.S. Army Band bugler, Sergeant Major Woodrow English. You’ll see a link to the radio interview on the page. It’s very good; check it out.