10 Things You should know for Veterans Day
With the election behind us, we have a special opportunity to come together once again and honor the men and women who give daily of themselves in the defense of our country. Veterans Day is an important time in American history, take a look at these 10 facts to get to know Veterans Day a little better.
1. Armistice Day
Several countries around the world observe the end of World War I as a holiday. The first observance was on the one-year anniversary of the Armistice ending WWI on November 11, 1918.
President Wilson first commemorated Armistice Day with these words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with the gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
2. The Name Changed
The name of the nationally recognized holiday didn’t begin as “Veterans Day,” it was formally known as Armistice Day. In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to honor the veterans of WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.
Despite the name change the date remained on November 11th due to its historical importance. President Eisenhower made Veterans Day official with the signing of HR7786.
3. The Date Changed
A short time after the passing of the “Uniform Holiday Bill,” the date of Veterans Day was shifted to the fourth Monday in October. The bill hoped to encourage more travel by granting four, three-day weekends to federal employees: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day.
After decades of celebrating Veterans Day on November 11, many people did not agree with the decision. The national holiday eventually returned to November 11th by President Ford, which became effective in 1978.