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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an annual holiday; the ceremony esteems the individuals who have served our nation.  And, the observance has a fascinating history!

In 1918, WWI ended with a temporary cease fire (armistice) until a formal treaty between the allies and Germany was signed (Treaty at Versailles).  The armistice took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day in November.  In 1919, President Wilson enacted the first Armistice Day to honor WWI veterans.  The celebration was executed with parades, public meetings, and a two-minute observance beginning at 11 A.M. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution mandating that the President recognize November 11 with proper rites.  Still, it was not until 1938 that Armistice Day was designated an official federal holiday; individual states could also distinguish the day if they chose.

WWII and Korean War veterans eventually came to be remembered alongside WWI veterans following those respective wars.  In 1954, the observance name changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Veterans Day recognizes all U.S. veterans.

In 1968 and to begin in 1971, Congress passed a Holiday Law for Mondays, and Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October.  Some states changed the date and some did not.  Yet, because of public support for the original ceremonial day, Veterans Day changed back to November 11.  However, if November 11 falls on a Sunday, then the Monday following is federally observed.   If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, then Friday may be celebrated.

In addition to the United States, some other parts of the world recognize Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day).  The day is dedicated to the sacrifice of soldiers and commemorates the ending of WWI.

We own a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have courageously served our country.  May we always pay tribute to their selflessness, service and sacrifice.

Happy Veterans Day!

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