As we humbly pay tribute and say a heartfelt "thank you" to all our brave men and women who have served (and currently serving) in our armed forces this Veterans Day, we thought it appropriate to take a look back in history as to how and when Veterans Day became a national holiday.
This November 11, 2018 commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. Even though the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 28, 1919, the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th hour was recognized in 1919 as Armistice Day.
Although celebrated as a holiday in numerous states, it was not until May 13, 1938 the United States Congress passed an act declaring November 11 Armistice Day a federal holiday. In 1954 after significant lobbying efforts by veterans groups, Congress amended the act and renaming Armistice Day in favor of Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the name change in to law on June 1, 1954.
To all our brave military men and women past and present, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! To all military family members, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE! You make us proud and you keep us safe - Godspeed!