On November 11, 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River in Arlington National Cemetery. This event and location became a point of reverence for America’s veterans.
It wasn’t the first ceremony of its kind. Similar burials occurred earlier in places of honor in England and France, each honoring an unknown soldier from World War I with each event occurring on November 11.
Why is November 11 so significant?
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I was declared over. The fighting ended.
And Veterans Day was born!
Today, Veterans are honored in ceremonies throughout the country with most of the ceremonies kicking off at—you guessed it—11:00 am.
Looking for an opportunity to honor Veterans? Check out a variety of events in the greater Seattle area. Veterans, thank you for your service!