History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day History – As many of you know, we are celebrating Veterans Day 2010 today, November 11, 2010. It is a National Holiday to commemorate those brave military veterans who have risked their lives just to defend their beloved countries in instances of intrusion like wars.

But did you know how Veterans Day started? Where did it originate? Veterans Day started way back in November 11, 1919 during the proclamation of then US President Woodrow Wilson of Armistice Day as a National Holiday. In his proclamation, he said: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

19 years later, on May 19, 1938, US Congress finally passed a legislation declaring Nov. 11 as a holiday officially calling it at Armistice Day. The former name Armistice Day was then changed by then President Eisenhower to the current Veterans Day in 1954. In line with the change of name, he also created  a Veterans Day National Committee to manage any planned events about Veterans Day.

The celebration date of Veterans Day was then changed to fourth Monday of October beginning 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968. However, in 1978 it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. Happy Veterans Day 2010 to all!

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