United States Armed Forces

The Meaning of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with a day of parades and remembrances.

In 1938, Veterans Day was made a legal Federal holiday.

After World War II and the Korean War, Congress expanded the meaning of Veterans Day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just World War I Veterans.

In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to include all Veterans in the day of remembrance.

Click the link below to see the Veterans Day Proclamation in October 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower

Veterans Day Proclamation 1954

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