On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. The following year, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day, and in in 1938 the date became a legal federal holiday in the United States. Following World War II and the Korean War, it became a day to honor veterans of all American wars beginning in 1954 under President Eisenhower.

Make time this weekend to visit any or all of these local military landmarks. Click on the headings below to go to the home page of each organization.

U.S. Naval Academy

The academy started in 1845 as the Naval School at Fort Severn, where 50 students attended classes on a 10-acre campus. In 1850, it became the U.S. Naval Academy, and since then, it has expanded into a 338-acre complex that accommodates 4,500 midshipmen. The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and U.S. Naval Academy Museum are on the grounds. Public tours are available.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

The star-shaped fort – birthplace of the National Anthem – famously withstood a British bombardment in Sept. 1814. The visitor center has exhibits and an orientation film. The Fort McHenry Guard presents living-history depictions of life during the War of 1812, artillery demonstrations and other programs.

Monocacy National Battlefield

This was the site of the only Confederate victory on Union soil during the Civil War. In 1864, 15,000 Confederate troops were advancing toward the nation's capital when they encountered resistance from 6,500 Union troops at Monocacy Junction – a significant rail hub. The conflict, however, delayed the Confederate march and became known as "The Battle That Saved Washington, D.C." Five walking trails are here. The visitor center has interactive and multi-media exhibits.

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