Veterans Day

History behind the day

Ed Jenson
November 11, 2017 - 7:20 am
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The roots of Veterans Day go back nearly 100 years.

Fighting during WWI stopped on Nov. 11, 1918 due to an armistice between the Germans and the Allies, the VA notes. Nov. 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, it adds. 

A resolution passed by Congress in 1926, according to the federal agency, called for Nov. 11 to be remembered every year “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” 

In 1938, Armistice Day was officially made a legal public holiday, the VA says.

Many American soldiers lost their lives during WWII and the Korean War. In the wake of these wars, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. 

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