This day was first proclaimed as Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. It was designated to honor those who fought in what was to be the “war to end all wars.” In 1954, Congress changed it to honor all American Veterans, to include those who fought in the wars that followed.
Millions have displayed noble service as part of the U.S. armed forces, maintaining constant vigilance defending America. Our Airmen, along with Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, continue to remain focused on missions around the world. On this day of celebration and reflection, we thank everyone who has worn a U.S. military uniform – past and present – for their honorable commitment.
AFA believes the nation should always make it a priority to recognize and honor its military members for their selfless service, which is why this Association will always advocate on behalf of veterans and the benefits earned through years of sacrifice and service. We commend their display of courage, we value their reliability and allegiance, and we honor their memories. The men and women of the U.S. Military have freely chosen to protect us all, and we are forever indebted. We use this holiday to say "thank you."