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Honoring All Who Served: ANSI Observes Veterans Day 2002

New York and Washington, DC, Nov 11, 2002

Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

History of Veterans Day

In 1921, an American soldier-his name "known but to God"-was buried on a Virginia hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, DC. The burial site of this unknown World War I soldier in Arlington National Cemetery symbolized dignity and reverence for America's veterans.

Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an "unknown soldier" of the Great War was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as "Armistice Day."

Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.

Every year the President of the United States urges all Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.

In recognition of this, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) pays special tribute to all members - past and present - of the U.S. armed forces on Veterans Day 2002. ANSI is proud to partner with federal departments and agencies such as the Department of Defense in various standardization activities, providing a link between the government and the private sector. Whether through building codes or biometrics data, voluntary standards support the military while helping the government fulfill its mandate to ensure public safety and health.

With the permission of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Standardization Program Office (DSP), ANSI is pleased to reprint the following article from the August 2001 issue of the Defense Standardization Program Journal.

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