This is a picture of one of my ancestors, Ellis Pool. He fought in World War One in the battle of Meuse Argonne. I've had it for a long time but seldom spend time just looking at it. I figured today was a good day to do so because it also reminded me of the origins of Veterans Day.
It really all began at the end of World War I. According to the Veteran's Administration "World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in in France.
However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." That day was called Armistice Day.
Then in June of 1954, November 11th became the day to honor American veterans of all wars, thus Veterans Day. So today I'm thinking about him and the millions of others who have served this nation by going into harm's way.
For many of you I'm sure there is someone like Ellis in your family. But even if that is not the case we should all be proud of those who serve. I know I am.