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Veterans Day Historical Notes

Veterans Day

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front.


In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt. Col. John McCrae, was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called In Flanders Fields.


In 1950, the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was established on the TCU campus, joined by the Army ROTC the following summer. The Transportation Corps  produced 24 TCU officers through 1954.

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