America has officially honored its veterans on Nov. 11 since 1954, when an act of Congress changed the name from Armistice Day, recognizing the 1918 ceasefire between Germany and Allied nations. Veterans Day became a federal holiday to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.
The video above features excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Day remarks on Nov. 11, 1985. Speaking to a crowd at Arlington National Cemetery, Reagan emphasized that peace must be maintained through the strength of the courageous.
“Peace is only maintained and won by those who have clear eyes and brave minds,” said Reagan. “In memory of those who gave the last full measure of devotion, may our efforts to achieve lasting peace gain strength.”