Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans for their patriotism, willingness to sacrifice, and love of their country.As the nation reflects on the brave and heroic men and women whom we honor and celebrate on Veteran’s Day, you can enjoy some stories about America’s warriors in books and movies available at the Calvin T. Ryan Library. A simple search – ‘medal of honor’ – from the library home page provides the following, for example:
- Willbanks, James H. America’s Heroes Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- Fox, Wesley L. Six Essential Elements of Leadership Marine Corps Wisdom of a Medal of Honor Recipient. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 2011.
If you wish to learn more about Veteran’s Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, History of Veteran’s Day.