November 11: Armistice Day

NYT ArmisticeIt’s Veterans Day, but do you know the origins of today’s holiday? Well, it goes back to the end of World War I. After long negotiations, the nations of the world came to an agreement (the Armistice of Compiègne) that the Great War’s hostilities would come to an end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared that November 11, 1919, would be celebrated as Armistice Day, a day that was to “…be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…”

It wasn’t until 1938, that Congress approved a resolution that would make Armistice Day celebrations on November 11 a legal holiday. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks proposed that the holiday be expanded to recognize all veterans, and not just those soldiers who died in World War I. Weeks’ proposal was supported by General Dwight Eisenhower, and after he became president, Eisenhower would sign a bill into law that formally change Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and so it has remained ever since. Honestly though, while I think it’s great that we have a day to honor those who fought for our country, I wish that we still marked today as Armistice Day, if only because the ends of wars are worth celebrating just as much as those who fought in them.

So, with that said, why don’t we mark Veterans Day with a drink created by a former Marine? The Leatherneck was created by New York World Telegram columnist and former Marine Frank Farrell. “Leatherneck” is a slang word for Marines that dates back to the Revolutionary War, and just like a Marine uniform, this drink is green.


  • 2 ounces Blended Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Tomorrow: A famous bridge troll.


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