Flying the Flag for Veterans Day: Veterans Day is coming up next week. It's time to honor the fallen by visiting their burial places and saying thank you for their sacrifice. Many of their grave markers will have an American flag etched into the granite. The holiday was initiated in 1919, one year after the end of the Great War, when President Wilson proclaimed every November 11 to be Armistice Day: "to be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory." This soldier was born in the year World War I ended; he "died in the service of his country" in the last years of World War II. Montgomery Memorial Park.