Veteran’s Day was originally established as Armistice Day, when the Armistice was signed ending WWI. Major hostilities were ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. President Woodrow Wilson declared it a holiday in 1919. In 1953, the idea was spread to include all veterans, changing it from Armistice Day to “All Veterans’ Day,” and in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law. All states within the United States observe this holiday.
National ceremonies take place every year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The day will be celebrated with parades, speeches, and observances of our beloved veterans. So if you know someone who has bravely served in defense of this great country, give them a heartfelt thank you. And if they are one of the few remaining veterans who fought in WWII, give them an extra special hug. Without these men and women, our freedom would be lost.