Veterans Day is a national holiday observed each year on November 11. It originated after the end of World War I as Armistice Day, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor the veterans of World War I. The date of November 11 was significant because the armistice to cease hostilities between Germany and the Allied Forces was signed on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, after American troops fought in World War II and Korea, the name Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day. The Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968 changed the traditional November 11 date of Veterans Day to a date that would insure a three-day holiday. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed on October 25, 1971. It soon became apparent that the commemoration of Veterans Day on the traditional date of November 11 was a matter of patriotic and historic significance to many citizens. In 1975, President Ford signed a law which returned Veterans Day to its original date of November 11. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls. November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day. It is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution