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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

From President Wilson to Eisenhower: Veterans Day

What is it? How did it start?

On Nov. 11, Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States. On this day, formerly known as Armistice Day, people honor those who served in the Military with parades and speeches. Armistice Day was first established in 1919 by President Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations,”  President Wilson said in his commemoration of this special day.

In 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday and dedicated to honoring the Veterans who fell in World War 1.

Sixteen years later, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the Veterans Day Proclamation, which changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and shifted the focus from fallen veterans of WW1 to living and dead veterans from all wars, turning it into the Veterans Day that we know and celebrate today.

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About the Contributor
Michael Perez
Michael Perez, Staff Writer
Michael Perez, born in Miami, is a freshman at MAST Academy. 2023 is first year away from his middle school, Mater Grove Academy, Perez is excited to learn more in his two new favorite classes: Biology and Journalism. A passionate animal lover, MAST’s history as a science and technology based high school specialized in marine biology due to its location in Virginia Key and origins as a Marine museum, attracted Perez. Perez’s love for animals expands in his own home where he owns “a dog, a bird, a lizard, and a scorpion”. His family of four, including his two parents and his older brother, is a family of eight. As for his second favorite class this year, Journalism, Perez does not only like his teacher, Mr. Bunch, but he also enjoys its writing aspect. “I used to write a bit as a kid… stories and stuff,” Perez said. Outside of school, Perez enjoys other activities. “I like to relax and play video games and watch movies with family … adventure and horror,” Perez said. Although Perez has only attended MAST for about two weeks, he is confident about this school year. “I like it so far. Pretty good,” Perez said.
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