Looking back at the history of Veterans Day

Veterans Day celebrated every November 11th to honor men and women who have served or are currently serving in America’s armed forces. Many of us celebrate by watching veterans march down city streets, by hanging ribbons or flags from our homes and participating in other ceremonies remembering those who have protected our country.

We know when we celebrate Veteran’s Day but many of us may not know how the holiday came to be. See below for some facts on the history of Veterans Day.

Origins:
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. To commemorate the cease fire between the Allied Nations and Germany in World War I on the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918.

The first Armistice Day was celebrated exactly one year later. All business was suspended for two minutes and parades took place to commemorate the anniversary.

Changes to the Holiday:
In 1954 President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all vets not just those who served in World War I.GreenDrop_MOPHMember_Image

There was even a change in the date for some time. In June 1968 a Uniform Holiday Bill was passed moving national holidays to Mondays to ensure a 3 day weekend for government workers. Veterans Day was moved to the 4th Monday in October and was celebrated for 7 years on that date.

Today:
President Gerald Ford returned the date back to November 11th in 1975 due to the historical importance.

We continue to celebrate this date today. At 11 am on every Veterans Day a Color Guard Ceremony representing all the branches of military takes place at the Tomb of Unknowns in Arlington, VA.

There are plenty of ways to honor and support our Veterans this Veterans Day and everyday. Let us know what you’re doing by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page. If you need ideas check out this article by Main Line Today mentioning GreenDrop!

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