U.S. President Donald Trump honored the service and sacrifice of the country’s nearly 20 million veterans for Veterans Day in New York on Wednesday (November 11).
“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the armistice was declared. The war had come to an end and the allies achieved a great, great victory. Every year since on November 11th, we have shared our nation’s deepest praise and gratitude to every citizen who has worn the uniform of the American Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines,” Trump said in his opening remarks.
Trump is the first sitting president to attend the Veterans Day parade in New York.
More than 100,000 Americans died in World War One, after the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, driving the nation into a global conflict. Although the United States entered the war in the later stage, many Americans had disagreed with the decision to join allies Britain, France and Russia, some viewing it as an endless fight between old European rivals. The conflict erupted in 1914 after a teenage Bosnian Serb assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife in Sarajevo. That lit the fuse for a war that would rewrite the world order, spell an end to empires, and claim the lives of more than nine million soldiers.
World War One, also known as the Great War, ended when world leaders at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month signed an armistice ending four years of bloody battles. Americans honor their war heroes, both living and dead, each year on Nov. 11 with ceremonies to mark Veterans Day, a national holiday.
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