World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
Although, like many holidays, Veterans Day has evolved into a day of celebration of our military past and present the original November 11th celebration was a relief as the unofficial ending of World War I. Today, 95 years later we say THANK YOU to our United States Military, past and present.