The National Memorial Arch was originally one of two commemorative arches planned: one for General George Washington and the second, slated for construction elsewhere on the grounds, for General Von Steuben. These were to serve as actual entry and exit gates, allowing access to and from the park, whose perimeter in those days was defined by iron fencing.
In November we celebrate Veterans Day across the country, and this year is particularly special. For this newsletter I won’t go into the full history of Veterans Day, but I will highlight a few specific dates. Major hostilities of World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, and this armistice with Germany would be celebrated as Armistice Day. This date was celebrated in the United States and was made an official national holiday on May 13, 1938. In 1954, Armistice Day in the United States was officially renamed to Veterans Day and has remained in observance since then.