At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Europe’s guns fell silent. The Great War had ended. To never forget the sacrifice necessary for final victory, America declared November 11th, Armistice Day. After an even deadlier World War II, the U.S. government renamed the federal holiday Veterans Day to ensure that every American who died while in military service would be honored.
More than one million Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our way of life. Here are some of the toughest.