The idea of honoring US soldiers in November reaches back to the First World War, though we didn’t call it Veterans Day back then. American troops made significant headway in 1918, rebuffing a German offensive along the western front and moving Allied forces deeper into enemy territory. By November, Germany had enough. It agreed to a cease-fire, signing the official armistice at 5 a.m. on November 11. The treaty took effect six hours later. On the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” as the saying goes, the world knew peace once again. However, as we all know, war broke out again in 1939. A new generation of Americans risked their lives in World War II and the Korean War. So Congress swapped out “Armistice” in favor of a word that could honor all of America’s veterans, and Veterans Day was born. For the first time, this holiday has landed on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – of the eleventh year, 11-11-11. From all of us at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, Thank you to all of the Veterans who are serving or have served to protect the country. Enjoy your day, we salute you!