- On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice was called between the Allied and Central Powers of the World, suspending the conduction of military actions during World War I. The war officially ended several months later, but November 11 became recognized as the end of the War and was celebrated as Armistice Day in the United States for the first time in 1919 as decreed by President Woodrow Wilson
- Armistice Day was decreed an annual legal American holiday in 1938
- In 1954 Congress decided to strike the word “Armistice” and replace it with “Veteran’s”
- On October 8, 1954, President Eisenhower issued the first Veteran’s Day Proclamation stating the intent of the holiday: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”
- Thus the history of Veteran’s Day as we now know it began
Veteran’s day is a day of thanksgiving to the men and women of the combined Armed Forces for their commitment their country. The decision to serve is courageous and can be difficult on the servicemembers and their families as well. Without such bravery and dedication, there is no telling what sort of fate would have befallen our nation.
The freedoms protected by these brave men and women are often taken for granted and we would do well to remember the privilege’s and rights afforded to us were it not for their sacrifices. We live in a nation where we can speak freely and critically of our leadership – something that is a crime that can result in the death penalty in some nations. We are blessed with security and opportunity to an extent unfathomable to many others.
On this and every Veteran’s Day, we take the time to say thank you and show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who have committed their lives to protecting our rights to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thank you Vets!