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Veterans Day, celebrated in the United States on Nov. 11 of each year, grew from Armistice Day, officially proclaimed in November 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson in recognition of the cessation of hostilities in “The Great War,” World War I. “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” Wilson said, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.va.gov. The holiday became known as Veterans Day, a day to honor all American veterans of all wars, following proclamation by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954. In Fayette County, veterans were officially honored at a ceremony yesterday at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville.