Veterans Day 2018 – Bells to ring 100 years after the end of WWI

Daily News Article - November 9, 2018


NOTE: An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, since it might be just a cessation (a pause or stopping) of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace. The treaty between the Allies and Germany to end World War I is an example of a famous armistice.

For help answering the questions below, go to's History of Veterans Day and FAQs

1. a) At what time will bells be rung on military bases and in communities all over the world this Veterans Day?
b) What is the purpose of this observation?
c) What is the reason for ringing the bells 21 times?

2. Re-read the excerpt from Gen. Kelly’s 2010 Veterans Day speech. What idea from this excerpt most inspires you? Explain your answer.

3. What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

4. On what day is Veterans Day officially observed every year?

5. a) Why was Veterans Day called Armistice Day until 1954? Be specific.
b) Why was it changed?

6.  Who was the first president to issue a Veterans Day Proclamation? In what year did he do so?

7. a) Ask a grandparent how Veterans Day was commemorated when he/she was a teenager.
b) Ask a parent the same question.

8. Why is it important for every American to honor our veterans on Veterans Day?

9. Do you have any relatives, friends or neighbors who are veterans?  What do you think is the best way to acknowledge their service?

OPTIONAL: More than 60 world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, will attend commemorations in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said,  “The President’s participation in this event will highlight the sacrifices that Americans have made, not only during World War I but also in the century since, in the name of liberty.”

Go to c-span on November 11 or after to watch the ceremony.