100 Years Since World War I


Active Duty soldiers alongside with veterans saluting the flag of America to honor the fallen. (Courtesy of Department of Defense)

Zack Naturman

This Veterans Day, on Sunday, November 11, marked the 64th anniversary of the national holiday. The ending of World War I in 1926 marked the creation of new national day, known as Armistice Day.  Armistice Day was celebrated until 1954 when it was declared as Veterans Day to honor the fallen and the soldiers who have fought or are still fighting. This most recent Veterans Day marked the 100 year anniversary of the ceasefire of World War I.

In addition to public holidays, civilians and veterans visit cemeteries to lay down American flags on fallen soldiers graves twice a year. The United States military provides a great sacrifice to ensure the life and freedom of the people stays the same, free and joyful. Unfortunately, some soldiers pay the ultimate sacrifice to their country: their life. Fallen soldiers are honored at their burial. At a fallen soldiers grave, a high ranking official folds the United States flag in a special way in the form of a triangle and gives it to the family, most commonly given to the widow. The brothers and sisters of the soldier (the men and women who he/she served with) pay their final respects.

The White House
Former U.S President Barack Obama shaking the hand of a veteran, honoring his service. (Courtesy of White House archives)

Navy veteran Coach Jessica Lagala of The Weber School stated, “At the time [the time when she served], it was when the wars in Iraq, 911 and Afghanistan were going on. All of my friends went to go and serve and I felt obligated to serve. I think there are people out there that did more than I did in their service and I’m glad that there is a day to honor them.”