College of Marin campuses will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016, in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, commemorates the temporary cessation of World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany as an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. As such, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the conclusion of the war to end all wars. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day as a day to reflect on the heroism of those who died in service to the country.
By resolution of the United States Congress, on June 4, 1926, the end of World War I was officially recognized. Among other things, the resolution requested that the President of the United States issue a proclamation calling on officials to display the U.S. flag at all government buildings on November 11 and invite people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies.
In 1938, November 11 was made a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. After World War II; a war which mobilized the greatest number of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the nation's history; the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and replacing it with "Veterans." On June 1, 1954, this legislation was approved making November 11 a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
The College extends thanks and appreciation to all veterans for their service and sacrifice.