At 11 o’clock on the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, the firing ceased in Europe bringing World War I to a close. Americans remember this armistice, or truce, with a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year. Congress changed the designation from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all veterans. I hope we will always observe this respectful tradition in our country. It can serve as a time of contemplation, prayer or meditation. “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” (Habakkuk 2:20).