What Is the Importance of Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is important because it is a chance to acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States. This holiday was originally known as Armistice Day.

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The fighting actually stopped on November 11, 1918, when Germany and the allied nations agreed to an armistice.

In 1919, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day. This holiday was intended to acknowledge the efforts of Americans who served in World War I. In 1938, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" to recognize the many Americans who were mobilized during World War II. Veterans Day is now a day to honor all American veterans.