By Terry Macaluso, PhD
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, and, from 1902 to 1910, President of Princeton University, declared, on November 11, 1919, that the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month should be designated “Armistice Day” – exactly one year following the end of World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name of the commemorated date to Veterans’ Day.
During World War I, World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War (not including the many conflicts apart from those named), roughly 100,000,000 people gave their lives.
It’s the people—not the presidents—most directly responsible for the preservation of freedom, democracy, and human decency. That’s always been true.