Today Veterans Triangle pays homage to United States veterans of foreign wars, although it was originally created in the aftermath of World War I (1914-1918), which formally ended on November 11, 1918.
World War I took the lives of over 8.5 million people, including 57,476 Americans, 13,956 New York State residents and 7,455 inhabitants of New York City. It officially concluded with the signing of the armistice treaty on November 11, 1918. On the one-year anniversary of the date, President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) declared Armistice Day a nationwide holiday.
In the years that followed, 27 states adopted laws declaring November 11 a legal holiday. On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the president give the date the official name of ‘Armistice Day’. Twelve years later, in 1938, Armistice Day was made a national holiday.