Celebrated yearly in honor of military veterans, Veterans Day is also referred to as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day. This special holiday commemorates the end of World War I, particularly the time when the Germans signed the Armistice. Let’s take a quick look back and learn when Veterans Day is celebrated each year.
When is Veterans Day celebrated each year? Officially, the U.S. celebrates this special holiday annually on November 11. However, the date of the celebration may change depending on what day the holiday falls. If it falls on a Saturday, it will be celebrated the day before, which is a Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, it will be celebrated the next day, which is a Monday.
World War I ended after the Germans signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918. On November 12, 1919, former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson became the very first to proclaim the Armistice Day. On June 4, 1926, a concurrent resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress. It requests another proclamation from the U.S. President to consider the 11th day of November as Armistice Day. It also seeks appropriate ceremonies for such important event. On May 13, 1938, a law was approved that officially made November 11 as Armistice Day.
In Kansas, an owner of a shoe store came up with an idea in 1953 to widen the scope of Armistice Day. Instead of limiting it to World War I veterans, he sought to include all the war veterans in the country. Because of this move, the term ‘Armistice Day’ was changed later on to ‘All Veterans Day.’ Aided by U.S. Representative Ed Rees, a bill was pushed in the U.S. Congress to support such move. On May 26, 1954, it was signed into law by then-U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
It was on November 8, 1954 when Armistice Day was officially changed into Veterans Day. After implementing the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, this special holiday was celebrated during the fourth Monday of October. Because of the long disparity between the newly established date for the holiday and the traditional schedule, the U.S. government once again returned the celebration to November 11 except when it lands on a Saturday or Sunday.
Additional Information and Other Important Details About the Holiday
People celebrate this special holiday in the U.S. with festive ceremonies and colorful parades. This day is truly special because it honors the brave men and women who sacrificed their time as well as shed their sweat, blood and tears for the noble cause of their country.