Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – what does that mean? In 1918, it marked the time and date an armistice was signed to end World War I. “A war to end all wars,” as President Woodrow Wilson called this Great War. Today, the 11th day of the 11th month designates the day we honor veterans.
Veteran’s Day (not to be confused with Memorial Day in May) is the day we observe each November to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Although this important day in our history was first recognized and is currently recognized on November 11th, it wasn’t always upheld on that date. Below is a list of the important dates involving Veteran’s Day:
- November 11, 1918: The signing of the armistice that ended World War I.
- 1938: November 11th legally became Armistice Day.
- June 1, 1954: Armistice Day changed to Veteran’s Day.
- 1968: Veteran’s Day moved from November 11th to the fourth Monday in October.
- September 20, 1975: Veteran’s Day moved back to November 11th.
Because the United States has come through more wars since World War I, November 11th has grown to include all veterans. What started as a celebration of the end of the first World War has become a celebration of all the men and women who have served our country. We must never take for granted the sacrifices others have made for the sake of our safety and freedom. To all veterans, today and everyday, thank you.
Click this link for a list of businesses offering free meals and other deals for veterans this weekend. Thank you again for your service!