Veterans Day

Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11 marks the anniversary of the ceasefire of World War I in 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, and Congress gradually made Armistice Day a legal holiday. In 1954, Congress renamed the holiday “Veterans Day.” Contrary to the myth that there have been “no atheists in foxholes,” nonreligious Americans have and are serving their country with valor and distinction. To recognize their contributions, and “with hope that in the future humankind may learn to avoid all war,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation has erected the first monument to Atheists in Foxholes which rests beside FFRF’s southern Freethought Hall in rural Alabama. In 2015, FFRF placed a second Atheists in Foxholes monument in Freethought Hall's garden

Armistice Day

Photo by Andrew Seidel

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