Veterans Day â€“ Why November 11th?
Nov 11, 2020
Veterans Day – Why November 11th?
Veterans Day originated from the day when the armistice ending World War I began in 1918; “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”. Not to be confused with Memorial Day which honors those Americans killed in war, Veterans Day honors ALL veterans both living and dead and emphasizes the service given by veterans still living.
In 1919, 1 year after the armistice went into effect, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1938 Congress made November 11th an annual legal holiday known as Armistice Day which honored world peace with an emphasis for World War I veterans. That became Veterans Day in 1954 following World War II, so the holiday came to honor all US veterans.
Veterans Day has a special meaning in our household. My Business Partner’s husband, Nick (who passed away in 2017) was a Vietnam Veteran and served 20 years in the US Navy.
What do you know about Veterans Day? For more information our source for this article comes from the Washington Post. Take this quiz that they have on their website: