Veterans Day: What It is and Why It Happened

Nikita J., Staff Writer

On Monday, the 11th of November, everybody will get a day off from school because it is Veterans Day. However, did you ever wonder why we get this day off, what it means, and why it’s a holiday? 

     Veterans Day first occurred on November 11th in the United States during the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. This day signaled the end of World War I and it currently honors all of the Veterans for their patriotism, love of their country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

     This important day was originally called Armistice Day, but in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day because of all of the veterans service organizations having been through both World War II and the Korean War. Then, in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. However, in 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day So, Veterans Day was moved to October 4th. But many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. So, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11th, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed every year on November 11th.

     Veterans Day is an important holiday with much history behind it and the purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all American Veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.