World War I, also known as “The Great War” is recorded in the history books as ending with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919. However, the day remembered by veterans everywhere actually occurred months earlier – on November 11 of 1918, when a temporary cessation of hostilities went into effect between Germany and the Allies. This armistice proved to be final, and soldiers considered the war over on that date.
President Wilson established November 11, 1919, as the inaugural celebration of Armistice Day proclaiming these words: “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”. Originally the day was set aside simply for parades and picnics, but eventually, in 1938 it was declared a national holiday and a federal work holiday. In 1954, the holiday was expanded to honor veterans from the Korean War and renamed Veterans Day.
Today, we proudly honor all soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen who have ever fought for our country. If you would like to send a floral arrangement to express your gratitude and patriotism, Boyd’s Flowers is happy to help you put together a red, white and blue bouquet they are sure to love. If you think your veteran would prefer, we also have green plants and gift baskets that will show them how much you admire and respect their service. Come into Boyd’s in Wilmington to discuss how to best honor your friend or loved one on this Veteran’s Day.