Veterans Day Throughout the Years

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In the United States, Veterans Day is observed on November 11 annually.  It originally signified the signing of the Armistice (or temporary cessation of hostilities), which ended World War I (known at the time as The Great War) between the Allied Nations and Germany.  The signing of the Armistice took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918.    An act was approved on May 13, 1938 that made November 11 each year a national holiday known as Armistice Day.  On June 1, 1954, Congress approved a change to the word Veterans Day, honoring all American Veterans, not just those from World War I.  In 1968, a uniform holidays bill changed the date to extend a 3 day weekend for federal employees.  In 1971, Veterans Day was held on the fourth Monday of October, which caused much confusion.  In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a bill changing the date back to November 11, which started back in 1978, allowing either the Friday or Monday to be taken off by federal employees if the holiday falls on a weekend.

Annually there is a ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery which starts with laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  The ceremony is intended to thank and honor those who have served in the American Armed Services.  President Dwight D.Eisenhower issued the Veterans Day Proclamation on October 8, 1954 which initiated at Veterans Day National Committee to coordinate ceremonies, exhibits, and tributes for our distinguished veterans.  The purpose of Veterans Day is, " A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." 

Please take time on Veterans Day to say, "THANK YOU" to all of our veterans and active military personnel.  We appreciate all you do and have done in service for our great country!  Your sacrifices have allowed us the freedoms we have today.

 


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