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Veterans Day has 100 year history
Veterans Day has 100 year history

Nov. 11, 2019 - Today in New York City, the 100th Veterans Day Parade will be held. In 1919, the world had its first year of peace since 1914 when World War I erupted in Europe. When combat ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the eleventh month in 1918, the world celebrated. November 11 became Remembrance Day in Europe and ultimately, Veterans Day in the United States.

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of November 11

blockade: noun; a series of steps to block something, usually the flow of vital goods, such as food and fuel;
Nov. 9, 1989: Berlin Wall comes down

chlorophyll: noun; green pigment needed to capture sunlight for plant photosynthesis;
It's National Pollinator Week

experiment: noun; a procedure to test an hypothesis, or demonstrate a new concept;
Sept. 17: Constitution Day

galaxies: noun; groups or units of stars, gas, star components and dust in space that are held together by gravitational forces;
Hubble finds frightening face in deep space

Today In History

November 11

1918: An armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect at the eleventh hour that ended World War I hostilities. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1921 and the name of the day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied commander during World War II who played a central role in the D-Day invasion.

1889: The state of Washington was admitted to the union, the nation's 42nd state.

1885: General George Patton, a four-star general who served in both World War I and World War II, was born. Tragically, he died of injuries sustained in a car accident in Germany shortly after the end of World War II.

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