A Brief History of Veterans Day
UNITED STATES – The history of Veterans Day holiday dates back to the end of World War I when President Woodrow Wilson officially established Armistice Day. This holiday to mark the temporary cessation of hostilities that took place seven months before the Treaty of Versailles was ever signed. The armistice went into effect on November 11, 1918 at the eleventh hour between the allied forces and Germany.
The day became a legal holiday in 1938, and was renamed in 1954 following World War II and the Korean conflict. Veterans Day would now honor all veterans, living and dead. Memorial Day honors those military service members who died during their service to the nation.
To this day, a moment of silence is observed at 11AM on the 11th day of the 11th month to honor those men and women who fought and died for this nation. It is an excellent opportunity to step back from the fast-paced world that so often forgets the immense, daily sacrifice made by these men, women, and their families.
For more information about the Department of Veterans Services, please visit their website.