Happy Veteran’s Day! I think it’s fitting that Veterans Day will fall so soon after a contentious presidential election. No matter who you voted for, we can all be thankful for the sacrifices our veterans have made in securing our democracy.
We like to celebrate these holidays with a little history (see: Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Election Day). So here are a few quick facts about the history of Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
- 1919: Woodrow Wilson designates November 11 Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
- 1938: Armistice Day becomes an official U.S. holiday “dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
- 1954: After WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day renamed Veterans Day to recognize the sacrifices of military personnel.
I hope you have a wonderful Veterans Day!