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Today is the day we set aside to remember and honor our Veterans. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
As we take a moment to thank, honor, appreciate and acknowledge our heroes, let’s reflect on all that we enjoy, day in, and day out, that we wouldn’t be able to take part in, if it were not for our freedom.
VETERANS DAY FACTS
- In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
Now, take a moment to say “Thank you” to someone you know that has served this great country, as I will thank my husband for serving in the Navy.
Happy Veteran’s Day.
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