The history of this important day begins in 1918. It was the year when World War I ended. The 11th of November, 1918 is when the truce between Germany and the Allied nations led by the U.S. went into effect. In spite of the fact that war was officially over only after the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed a few months later, November 11 is considered to be the day when the war came to an end and both sides were given a chance to stop fighting. In fact, this is in accordance with the Veterans Administration.
They first commemoration with regard to Armistice Day was in November 1919. On this significant day, President Woodrow Wilson decided to establish a holiday. The main features of this day were the celebration with various parades, as well as a short suspension of all businesses at 11 a.m. On June 4, 1926, the Congress decided to pass a resolution recognizing the day.
Consequently, the day of November 11 began to be officially recognized, because it was chosen as the date of the famous and relevant holiday.
Due to the fact that 30 years had passed from the time when U.S. soldiers were obliged to serve in Korea and World War II, the Congress made an essential decision concerning changing the name of this holiday. Thus, instead of Armistice Day it was called Veterans Day, since it honored all of the American citizens that served in the military.
It should be mentioned that Veterans Day was always celebrated on Nov.11, and it didn’t matter, on which particular day of the week that holiday fell. However, the situation underwent some changes when the Uniform Holiday Bill was passed. The main reason for creating the 1968 law was ensuring that all federal employees were able to devote three-day weekends for the celebration of four national holidays exclusively on Mondays. They are Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Washington’s Birthday. Thus, it was for the first time in the history when the date of observation regarding Veterans Day was moved to a Monday on October 25.
Nevertheless, this change didn’t become popular. As a result, a bill that was signed by President Gerald Ford retuned Veterans Day to its previous date. In fact, this holiday is celebrated on Nov. 11 nowadays.
It’s a well-known fact that a lot of people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. However, Veterans Day is a federal holiday, which is observed on November 11 annually and it was set aside in order to honor all people that have served in the U.S. armed forces. As a matter of fact, Memorial Day commemorates those soldiers who died while they were serving their motherland.