The observance of what is now known as “Veteran’s Day” started at the end of World War 1. Although the Treaty of Versailles signed on June 28, 1919 officially marked the end of World War 1, the fighting had stopped seven months prior after an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany. The armistice began “on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918. November 11 is generally regarded as what ended the war.
President Wilson declared November 11 as the first “Armistice Day”, however, it did not legally become a holiday until May 13, 1938. The original concept for the celebration was a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. to honor the end of World War 1 and those who fought.
After World War II, the holiday was changed to “Veteran’s Day” at the urging of several veterans groups. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
This holiday holds a special place in the hearts of millions of Americans around the world. Without brave men and women who risk their lives to protect ours, the United States of America would be a completely different place. So, call up your grandfather, your sister, your aunt -whoever you know who has served our country- and thank them on behalf of all Americans. They deserve it.