We give thanks to all the brave men and women who have served during times of war and peace to help keep our great nation free. Thank you all for your service!
The roots of Veterans Day go back nearly 100 years.
Fighting during WWI stopped on Nov. 11, 1918 due to an armistice between the Germans and the Allies. Nov. 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. A resolution passed by Congress in 1926, according to the federal agency, called for Nov. 11 to be remembered every year “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”
In 1938, Armistice Day was officially made a legal public holiday.
Many American soldiers lost their lives during WWII and the Korean War. In the wake of these wars, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. In 1968, a bill was passed which called for Veterans Day to be observed on the fourth Monday in October starting in 1971. The change was part of a move to give federal workers several three-day holiday weekends.
But in 1971, two states observed Veterans Day on Nov. 11 instead, and over time, other states did the same.
President Gerald Ford signed a bill in 1975 which pushed Veterans Day back to Nov. 11, with the changes taking place in 1978. Ford said in a statement that he felt “restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 will help preserve in the hearts and lives of all Americans the spirit of patriotism, the love of country, and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good symbolized by this very special day.”