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World War I, Camp Meade, MD, 1917-1918
World War I, Camp Meade, MD, 1917-1918 (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

George Patton was born on this day in 1885 in San Gabriel, California.

A massive dust storm swept through South Dakota in 1933.

Congress lowers the draft age to 18, and extends it to 37 in 1942.

Rookie of the Year Fernando Valenzuela wins the National League’s Cy Young Award in 1981. The first player in the history of baseball to win both awards in the same season.

Interview with a Vampire debuts in 1994 in theatres around the US.

But more importantly on this day in 1918 at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War ended. World War I was over, with nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, in addition to five million civilian deaths from disease, starvation, or exposure.

On November 11, 1919 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day. It wasn’t until 1921 that the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington cemetery in Virginia during an Armistice Day ceremony by then President Warren G Harding.

In 1954 a bill was signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower declaring Veteran’s Day a holiday after the untiring work of a World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama who led the first national celebration in 1947, and annually until his death in 1985.

I have only one question for you – Have you thanked a Veteran today?

After all it is National Hug a Veteran Week this week.