Veterans Day. Everyone knows it and everyone knows that the day is used to thank veterans for their service. But how many people actually know the history behind why we celebrate it?
November 11, 1919
President Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day in remembrance of the end of WWI (which took place a year earlier).
June 4, 1926
Congress requested annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11th.
May 13, 1938
Armistice Day was officially declared a legal holiday as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace”.
May 26, 1954
President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the idea that Armistice Day should celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in WWI. President Eisenhower had been given this idea by a WWII veteran in 1945 before he became president.
June 1, 1954
Congress amended the law to replace “Armistice” with “Veterans” which leads us to the Veterans Day we know today.
So how are you celebrating Veterans Day today? Are you taking a moment to remember all veterans who have served our country? Maybe you can think about just how much our country has gone through. Or maybe you just thank the veterans in your life.