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Veterans and Veterans Day: Home


     Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11, is a time to honor military veterans, those persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.

     The research guide you are visiting offers information on a selection of resources available to veterans. You will also find a selection of research material on the subject of veterans here and in the Library's online catalog.

     If you are a veteran, we thank you for your service! If you know any veterans, take the time to thank them, as well, for their service.

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History of Veterans Day

     The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, marked the official end date of the Great War, or what we these days call the First World War. But seven months prior, the Allied nations and Germany had established an armistice on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, specifically November the 11th, 1918. About a year later President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In President Wilson's words, "[T]he reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country‚Äôs service and with gratitude for the victory."1

1As cited in the Department of Veterans Affairs site. Read more at

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