In 1926 Congress declared November 11 as the date to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1938 Congress passed an act that named the day Armistice Day and made it a legal holiday.
In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledged there had been two other conflicts since 1926 (World War II and the Korean War), and changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day. He called upon all American citizens to observe November 11 as Veterans Day and said:
â€œOn that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain. I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.â€
Read more about the history of Veterans Day on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Remember â€“ Veterans Day honors ALL veterans, both dead and living.Itâ€™s a day to honor all who have served in the military and a great opportunity to say â€œthank youâ€ to all our veterans and their families.