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☞   Veterans Day (Armistice Day, November 11)

This is an archive of prayers for Armistice/Veterans Day.

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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For an archive of special readings for the Armistice Day, go here.

For prayers offered for the well-being of Military Personnel & Veterans, including the Israeli Defense Forces (צה״ל), please visit here.

For prayers composed for or relevant to Memorial Day in the United States, please visit here.

For public readings selected for Memorial Day in the United States, please visit here.

A Prayer for Veterans Day, by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Chaplain, USN (Retired)

A virtual prayer for Veterans Day 2020. . . .

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ | Mi sheBerakh for United States Military War Veterans, by Hinda Tzivia Eisen

A “mi sheberakh” prayer for U.S. war veterans on the shabbat preceding Veterans Day (November 11). . . .

Prayer of Parents for Son or Daughter in the Armed Forces, by Rabbi Max Klein (1951)

A prayer offered for parents praying for the safety and welfare of their adult children entering the armed forces. . . .

Armistice Day Prayer, by Rabbi Hyman Solomon (after World War I, circa 1920s)

A prayer written for Armistice Day after the first World War. . . .

May Wars Cease, a hymn by Rabbi Max Klein (1926)

A hymn for the end of war by Rabbi Max D. Klein. . . .

גאָט בענטש אַמעריקע | God Bless America, for Armistice/Veterans Day by Irving Berlin (1918/1938) with Yiddish translation

The words of the prayer for Armistice Day 1938, “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, in English and Yiddish. . . .