Some fun trivia facts about Veterans Day include that: 1) Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day as commemoration of the end of World War I in 1919; and 2) the name did not change to Veterans Day until 1954.Continue Reading
Armistice Day--on Nov. 11th, 1919--became the celebration of the end of World War I and a day to honor military servicemen and servicewomen. People started observing Armistice Day after Congress passed a resolution about it in 1926. In 1938 it became a federal, nationally-recognized holiday. In 1954, the name was changed From Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Briefly between 1971 and 1975, the date was changed to the fourth Monday in October before President Gerald Ford returned it to November 11th.
The Unknown Soldier from World War I was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1921, starting a tradition that continued with the burying of Unknown Soldiers from both World War II and the Korean War in 1958, and the Vietnam War in 1984.
The United States is not the only country that celebrates veterans on the anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on November 11. Great Britain commemorates November 11th with two minutes of silence and celebrates the Armistice on the second Sunday of November every year.Learn more about Holidays