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Geiger’s Counter: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Veterans Day traces its origins back to November 11, 1918, the day when World War I hostilities ended with an armistice. The agreements between the Allies and Germany were signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day holiday on November 11. The original plan was to halt all business for two minutes at 11 a.m. to honor vets. Multiple parades and observances were held around the country. The Great War was over. No one could envision another such conflict. They were, of course, wrong.

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