Veterans Day has a rich history that spans more than 100 years. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a day to commemorate the end of World War I. Fighting stopped at 11:00 am on November 11th, 1918, and the armistice was signed shortly thereafter.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the first Armistice Day should be commemorated on November 11th.
In 1926, Congress passed a law that made Armistice Day a national holiday. The law said that Armistice Day should be “dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
Initially, Armistice Day was celebrated primarily in Europe. However, after World War II, it also began to be commemorated in the United States. In 1954, Congress renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day to honor all American veterans, both living and dead. Over the years, Veterans Day has become a day to celebrate all who have served in the military, regardless of which branch they served in or when they served.
Veterans Day is a time to come together and thank our veterans for their service. It is also an opportunity to learn more about Veterans Day’s history and the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. Americans can thank veterans by doing things like visiting them in hospitals, sending them letters, or thanking them publicly.
To all of our veterans – we salute you, thank you, and are proud of you!