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From Armistice to A National Holiday
for All Who Served

Contributor: Jim Kearney 10/22/2018

Veterans day is a U.S. National Holiday celebrated every year on November 11th to honor all military veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

Armistice Day which celebrates the end of World War I has been celebrated since 1926.

In 1954 Armistice Day, by proclamation, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day; making it an official National Holiday.

In 1978, after several years of Veterans Day being celebrated on the fourth Monday in October, the date was moved back to the original date established in 1971 to November 11th. If that date lands on a Saturday or Sunday the national observance will be on the adjacent Friday or Monday.

While not trying to take away the importance of the end of World War I, which by the way was supposed to be the war to end all wars, many veterans have served during wartime and conflicts around the world since.

Veterans Day is a day set aside for everyone to reflect on the sacrifice of all those who served throughout those years; some giving their last full measure.

Whatever your personal feelings, on what was right or what was wrong given any conflict, what is indisputable to this contributor is that that they served this country and deserve respect for that devotion and service.


Postscript

  • The last U.S. WWI combat serviceman died in 2011 at the age of 110.

  • 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive in 2018.

Source: National WWII Museum.


We thank all who serve and those who have served!


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