World War I ended in 1918 with the signing of an Armistice agreement that stopped fighting. The agreement went into effect at eleven o’clock in the morning on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918. Although fighting ended at that exact time, it became official with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
That didn’t stop President Wilson from deciding to hold what would become, an annual celebration of Veterans Day – every year on the date the armistice was signed. Since fighting stopped on November 11, 1918, that day became known as the end of the war to end all wars. World War I was dubbed the Great War, or the War to End All Wars because at that time, no one could imagine a war that could ever be as great as that one.
Up until June 1, 1954, when President Eisenhower signed a bill that changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day, the holiday focused on honoring surviving World War I veterans, and the heroes who died in that war. Eisenhower saw a need to show respect to all heroes who served their country in war, including those from World War II and the Korean War.
How to Show Your Appreciation
Veterans Day is a solemn day on which to remember loved ones who served the country, even if they are no longer alive. It honors patriotism, so no flower is more fitting than a red rose. Show your love and appreciation by giving your loved veteran, an arrangement combining colors of the American flag, or place a bouquet at the grave of your beloved veteran. Choose Fascination, an arrangement combining red roses and magnificent white hydrangeas. Another perfect choice is a vase filled with Red and White Roses.
On Saturday, October 25th, the first Indy Honor Flight left Evansville Airport in the early morning. 70 World War II Veterans and their guardians were headed for an exciting and memorable day. They went to Washington DC, visited the World War II Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and Arlington National Cemetery. Up their return home, the residents of Evansville turned out it force to give them a welcome home they greatly deserved. It was a heart-warming experience for every person involved.
Zeidler’s Flowers was proud to supply the red, white and blue wreath that accompanied the veterans on their journey. As well as boutonnieres and corsages for each of the veterans, and single red roses for the female veterans. Everyone here is pleased to have been involved in this amazing cause!