I Had No Idea There Was Such a History Behind Veterans Day!A. Boyea
Did you know that Veterans Day hasn’t always been called Veterans Day, and that it wasn’t always celebrated on November 11?
In fact, there is a rich history behind Veterans Day and its celebration of our nation’s brave veterans.
Originally, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day and was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I. And while World War I ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the holiday was celebrated on November 11. That was because the fighting of World War I officially ended on November 11, 1918 when the armistice — or truce — was declared between the Allied and Central Powers.
Following World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower in 1954 officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to recognize and honor all veterans, not just those who fought in the Great War.
Veterans Day didn’t see the end of its changes then, however.
In 1971, in an effort to create a three-day weekend for Federal employees, Congress declared that Veterans Day was to be celebrated on the fourth Monday in October every year. The date change of the holiday was met with much confusion, and people were generally unhappy with the switch.
Therefore, because of the historical significance of the November 11 date, Veterans Day was officially changed back to the 11th of November, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, permanently.
Today, Veterans Day is celebrated nationwide as a special day to honor the brave men and women who served in the military. It differs from Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May each year, in that Memorial Day honors all those who died or gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces while Veterans Day celebrates those veterans who are still living.
The men and women who serve in the military protect our country, our freedom, and our very lives. We are grateful for their service every day of the year, but we take the time on Veterans Day to especially honor them and their service.
Watch the video below to learn more about this holiday where we honor the soldiers of past and present for their service to our nation.