Posted by 11 November 2019
Today is Veterans Day – a federal holiday specifically set aside to honor the service of the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Originally, the holiday on November 11 was called Armistice Day. It commemorated the end of hostilities in World War I. The Allied nations and Germany signed an armistice that took place at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, that ended the fighting in that war. In 1938, the date became an official U.S. holiday, with Congress declaring it to be “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'.”
After World War II, a veteran from that conflict began lobbying for the day to be renamed in order to recognize veterans from all wars, not just World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law that officially changed the November 11 holiday to Veterans Day.
This holiday is celebrated in many nations that were part of the Allied cause in World War I. In the United Kingdom, it has been renamed Remembrance Day to remember the war dead.
How are you commemorating Veterans Day?