How Armistice Day became Veterans Day: The celebration of Armistice Day publicly took place for the first time in the month of November in 1920. The celebration was done more or less in the same way, as we celebrate the Veterans Day today. The occasion involves parades, speeches and exchange of stories and drinks between various war veterans. However, during the 11th hour, the whole country pauses its activities in its different areas. During the same moment, millions of men working in the USA’s armed forces stopped fighting on controlling various yards belonging to the No Man’s Land.
In the year 1926, Congress party in the United States of America made Armistice Day official. The party resolved that the countrymen should commemorate the recurring anniversary on 11th of November 1918 with prayers, thanksgiving and other related exercises to perpetuate peace among nations. In the year 1938, Armistice Day officially became one of the Federal Holidays.
We are well aware that War to End All Wars actually do not end any or all of the wars. Instead, it led directly towards the Second World War i.e. the next war, followed by Korean War and later on the Cold War. By the end of Korean War, there were entire new generations of various war veterans, who felt to deserve perfect job recognition.
War veterans lobbied the Congress party to convert the Armistice Day to Veterans Day in the year 1954 with the aim to honor veterans yearly. Congress accepted the proposal, while the then President Eisenhower signed it.
The Congress acted once more in the year 1968 and they wanted to give three-day weekends to federal employees during the entire year. In this way, they changed the dates of few of the major holidays to fall on Mondays only. These are Memorial Day, Columbus Day and the Birthday of Washington DC. Also. They moved the Veterans Day to celebrate on 11th of November i.e. on the fourth Monday in October.
Therefore, Veterans Day is now celebrated nationally on 11th of November in the same way, as it was there for many decades. When the day was renamed to Veterans Day in the year 1954, it was the time for Albert Woolson i.e. the last surviving Civil War veteran for celebrating it. Other members with Albert were the veterans belonging to the Philippines and Spanish-American wars and two veterans of the Plains Wars. States, government officials and local municipalities have declared the Veterans Days of their own, while a few of them dated back as the end of second World War. Thus, Veterans Day is celebrated yearly to recognize the sacrifices and courage of each of the US citizens, who respond to the country’s call to the armed forces.