Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The History of Veterans Day


Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to say thank you to all active duty military personnel and veterans who have selflessly served our country.

However, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, and aren't sure about the difference between them.

Here is a brief history of Veterans Day, found at military.com:



Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S.
legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on
November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was
"dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known
as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I
veterans.


In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean
War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service
organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice"
and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June
1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.


In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day
under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.


Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.


Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet would like to express our thanks to all veterans for your service to our country. Your bravery and sacrifice is greatly appreciated!!




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