How did Veterans Day come to be? The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919 officially ended World War I, “The Great War.” However, the actual fighting ended when an armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – November 11, 1918.
President Woodrow Wilson designated November 11, 1919, as the first Armistice Day to commemorated World War I, the “war to end all wars.” Originally, it was to be celebrated with parades and a brief suspension of business at 11:00 a.m. Congress officially recognized this commemoration in a resolution in 1926. Then, in 1938 they passed a law making Armistice Day a legal annual holiday.
Changing The Name
Following World War II and the Korean Conflict, Congress amended the law to include all veterans. They renamed the holiday “Veterans Day.” This day continues to be observed on November 11. As such, it preserves the historical significance of the day, and helps focus attention on its important purpose.
“…a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
All of us at DELIA’S Cleaners are grateful to our service men and women who so selflessly give to keep our country strong and safe. We invite you to join us in honoring our veterans this Veterans Day and every day. If you see a veteran, stop and thank them for their service.
And, to all those who served and serve, thank you for your service and happy Veterans Day.