THE HISTORY OF "VETERANS' DAY"
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday,
observed annually on November 11,
that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.
It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day,
celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I;
major hostilities of World War I
were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
While both Memorial Day and Veterans' Day honor our military personnel,
the former is a day to remember and pay respect to all the men and women
that died serving our country in a war,
whileVeterans Day is to celebrate the soldiers who are still alive
and served in the forces at anytime, during peace or war.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919,
the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance,
and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Soon after the end of World War II, a veteran of that war named Raymond Weeks organized
"National Veterans Day"
with a parade and festivities to honor all veterans.
He chose to hold this on Armistice Day.
Thus began annual observances of a day to honor all veterans, not just the end of World War I.
In 1954, Congress officially passed and President Dwight D. Eisenhower
signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veteran's Day.
Due to his part in the creation of this national holiday,
Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens Medal
from President Ronald Reagan in November 1982.
In 1968, Congress changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
However, the significance of November 11 was such that the changed date never really got established.
In 1978, Congress returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date.