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Veterans Day & Founders Day

by Maj. Ashley Carroll on 2020-11-11T08:00:00-05:00 | Comments

At VMI, November 11 is Founders Day for the Institute.

Nationally, November 11 is Veterans Day, the day to honor veterans of the United States armed forces, and all the men and women killed in war.  It originated as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of the First World War on November 11, 1918.  In 1954, after the Korean War, this date was officially designated Veterans Day.  The day itself is observed as a public holiday with parades, speeches and the placing of floral tributes on servicemen's graves or at memorials.  Special services are held at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Between November 6 and 14, the Library of Congress has organized a series of lectures and concerts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center.  This project made it possible to collect, preserve and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans.  Visit the web site here.

The VMI Archives has an entire digital collection dedicated to World War I, which can be viewed here.

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