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President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a national holiday called Armistice Day to take place on Nov. 11, 1919, and annually thereafter to commemorate the signing of the armistice treaty that ended World War I. The holiday served to honor those who served and lost their lives in the war. However, it wasn't until 34 years later when a Kansas shoe store owner proposed the holiday should be expanded to remember all veterans, not just those of World War I.