Veterans Memorial Plaza At Fort McCoy
November 14, 2020
November 11, 2020 - A sunset view of the Veterans Memorial Plaza with fall colors at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The Veterans Memorial Plaza is a tribute to all of the men and women, who have served the nation during each era of Fort McCoy’s history.
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, history shows. More than 116,000 Americans died in World War I defending the lives and freedom of the United States’ European allies. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration to honor the Soldiers who fought in that war, and the day was originally known as Armistice Day.
November 11th became a federal holiday in 1938, and in 1954 Congress decided to change the day to Veteran's Day. This was because they wanted to honor the veterans of all wars including World War II and the Korean War.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy.