CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day in 1919 to mark the end of World War I, which occurred in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a year earlier.
The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 and honors everyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
It's often called the quiet holiday. There are some parades and restaurants will offer the military discount, which is nice. But unlike other holidays, there aren't a lot of barbecues and fireworks.
For many Americans, Veterans Day is marked with a quiet, heart-felt thank you.
We should not forget that right now, there are more than 1.3 million American men and women stationed around the world, almost 10,000 in Afghanistan.
Let's never forget those who have sacrificed so we may live free and pursue our rights as U.S. citizens.
Instead of letting the day come and go as other holidays often do, how will we show our appreciation to Veterans? Reach out. Go see them. Call them. Tell them thank you.