November 11, 11:11 a.m.

Movie box coversToday we celebrate Veterans Day, a public holiday in which we officially honor and remember all the military veterans who have served in our Armed Forces throughout the years.

This holiday began as Armistice Day. It marked the end of World War I, which formally ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect. In 1954, the holiday was expanded as a tribute to all veterans, and was renamed Veterans Day.

Respect our veterans 365 days a year—not just one special day. One way to honor our veterans is to learn more about them, their battles, their challenges. The Urbana Free Library has a large selection of books about wars, battle memoirs, PTSD, veterans’ lives and families, and more.

Our documentary films also highlight veterans. Here are two titles that are special. (Double-click on the images to see the trailers full screen.)

Honor Flight: One Last Mission
DVD 355.16 HON
Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle.

The Way We Get By
DVD / 956.70443 / WAY
On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.

Need help finding materials in these collections?

Ask library staff in person, by phone (217) 367-4405, or email

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