How Did Veterans Day Come To Be?

November 11th, 2016 by

In early November 1918, the First World War raged on. Death tolls were skyrocketing on all fronts. German forces were being pushed back, losing ground to the allied countries. Then, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour, the Armistice with Germany went into effect. All countries involved in the war effort formed a peace treaty to end the fighting. That day, November 11th, 1918, would become the basis of Veterans Day.

At the time, it was known as Armistice Day. In June 1919, the war officially ended, and on November 11th, 1919, the first Armistice Day address was given by President Woodrow Wilson. He emphasized that the heroism displayed by American forces in the first World War should be honored with solemn pride and gratitude.

Then in 1926, U.S. Congress voted to make November 11th, Armistice Day, an official holiday. Nearly ten years later it became official, although just a year before the start of World War II.

Where Does the Name Veterans Day Come From?

In 1954, U.S. Congress amended the Armistice Day bill, replacing the name with Veterans Day instead. Since that time, the United States has proudly shown its appreciation to veterans. Although celebrations had moved to the fourth Monday in October for seven years in the seventies, Veterans Day resumed its festivities on November 11th once again in 1978.

Commonly, Veterans Day is confused with Memorial Day. Both honor the service of members of the armed forces, although Memorial Day remembers those who paid for our freedom with their lives. Veterans Day celebrates and honors the current and past members of the military who are still with us today.

This Veterans Day, show your local veterans that you care and appreciate their service. Take in the Veterans Day Parade, serve at a local VA hospital, or write notes of thanks and hand them out at your local American Legion.

From the team at Jay Wolfe Toyota, we’d like to thank our American military for everything you do to ensure our freedom and safety.

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