The History of Veterans Day

The fighting of World War I ceased  when an armistice marked the end of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany. It went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1938, every November 11th was made a legal holiday.  

Originally, Armistice Day was a day to honor veterans of World War I. However, in 1954, after World War II and the Korea War, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, Congress passed The Uniform Holiday Act which was intended to ensure all Federal holidays would be celebrated on Mondays creating three-day weekends. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. 

It soon became quite apparent that Veterans Day was a matter of great historic and patriotic significance to a great number of Americans. In 1975   President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. It remains a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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