On Nov. 11, 1919, President Wilson proclaimed that day to be the first commemorated Armistice Day in honor of the first anniversary since the end of World War I. In 1938, the U.S. government made Nov. 11 a national holiday. In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with the word “Veterans” to celebrate all of those who fought and are still fighting for freedom in America.
We will continue to honor those who fought and continue to fight for this country’s freedom on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Here at UW-Milwaukee, students are taking time to remember those who fought for our country on Veteran’s Day.
“It makes you realize how many people served and what they did for this country. Many members of my family served, so it’s easy for me to see the respect veterans deserve,” said student Alissa Lemieux.
“[Veterans Day is] a day to remember the people that gave us the freedoms to make the choices in life that we do and that we sometimes take for granted,” said Rachel Schaeffer, a student who has served in the US Navy.
Schaeffer also says that Veteran’s Day is about “remembering not only those who passed, but those who did serve and still do.”
This week at UWM: “Serving Those Who Served” brunch on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, the Veteran and Military Open House is on Nov. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center, and Service Records: Documenting the Veteran Experience through Art is Friday, Nov. 13 at the Union Art Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.