Reposted from Veterans Day 2015
While many people celebrate today by attending parades and Veteran’s events, it is important that we remember the actual history of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring people that have served in the armed services or “Veterans”
It is celebrated on November 11th and originally marked the end of World War I when the 28th President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it Armistice Day (an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time- a truce.”) on November 11, 1919.
Then, in 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. So, he took his idea to then General and subsequent President Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day and on May 26th, 1954 signed the bill into law declaring it “Armistice Day”.
Congress subsequently amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since!
So…..A special “thanks” to all Veterans that have served and given their lives to protect the freedoms that we know and celebrate in America today!