11/11: History of Veteran’s Day

Do you know how we began celebrating Veterans Day?

Today is notable not just because it’s 11/11 but also—and much more importantly—because it’s Veterans Day. You likely already know that this is a day we set aside as a nation to thank all the military personnel who’ve served the United States and honor them. Do you know, however, how this important day got its start?

The fact that Veterans Day falls on 11/11 is not just a coincidence. In 1918, at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th of November (the 11th month of the year), the armistice that ended World War I took effect. As a result, President Woodrow Wilson designated November 11th as Armistice Day as early as 1919 through a commemoration.

It wasn’t until 1938, however, that Armistice Day became an officially recognized legal holiday on November 11th. Right on the heels of that recognition, World War II broke out. Following its conclusion, it became clear that we had more veterans to recognize than those who had fought in WWI. Upon urging from veterans service organizations, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

There was a slight hiccup in 1971. The Uniform Holiday Bill, which passed in 1968, planned to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October that year. The problem was that many people were confused, and many states continued to hold their usual Veterans Day activities on November 11th. As a result, President Gerald Ford signed a law officially moving Veterans Day back to November 11th in 1975.

Today, we use November 11th as a reminder of all that our nation’s veterans have done for this country. The United States would not be what it is today without these brave, strong men and women.

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