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Sometimes it seems Veterans Day is better known as a day off than a day of honor.

That's unfortunate.

World War I was known as — but unfortunately was not — "the war to end all wars." When it did end, the Armistice was signed Nov. 11, 1918. A year later — 100 years ago Monday — the first Armistice Day was recognized.

In 1954, it officially became Veterans Day to include all veterans, not just those who died serving their country.

It's important for us to know the history, so our society always understands why we honor veterans on this day.

These are people who have fought for our country and our freedoms — including the freedom of speech that holds a special place in our heart as journalists.

We thank those who have served our country, and we encourage you to do more than just enjoy the day off. If you're able, consider attending one of the local Veterans Day events that take place Monday, which include:

An 8:30 a.m. Veterans Day Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church.

A 9:30 a.m. Veterans Tribune at Freedom Corner (the intersection of East High and East McCarty streets).

An 11 a.m. Jefferson City Veterans Council Veterans Day Ceremony at American Legion Post 5.

A 3 p.m. "Moment of Remembrance: Honoring Our Veterans" event at Lincoln University. It will be at the Soldiers' Memorial Plaza.

We've attended and covered local Veterans Day events in the past. We can tell you they are moving tributes to those who have and continue to play such an important role in establishing and maintaining our Republic.

News Tribune

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