This Sunday, November 11 is Veterans Day- celebrated with parades and events across the country to honor and celebrate all military personnel who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
- It was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the “armistice” or truce with Germany to suspend fighting during World War I.
- In legislation passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — amended the Act of 1938 and, with the approval of this legislation, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” Therefore, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act was enacted. Under this law, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Veterans Day under this new law was observed with much confusion.
- On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.
Today I share with you a photo of a very special Veteran, my dad, my hero, Harold D. Gallin, who spent 4 years overseas in WWII serving his country and I honor him and all of our Veterans for their patriotism and the love of this country and for their service so you and I can have the freedoms we cherish as Americans. Thanks to all of our beloved Veterans today and always!