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Veterans Day and Armistice Day What’s The Connection?

Today America celebrates its veterans, but why do people in the United States celebrate Veterans Day? According to Knoxweb this special day was originally called something else. 

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Armistice Day and the End of WWI

November 11 marks the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI. An armistice is an agreement that is signed to end the fighting between opponents in war.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the holiday Armistice Day in 1919 on November 11 as a day to remember the heroes and veterans who died while serving.

Although many had hoped that WWI would be the end of all wars, another broke out a few years later in Europe with thousands of US troops losing their lives in both WWII and the Korean War.

Armistice Day Becomes Veterans Day

In 1953, Alfred King from Emporia Kansas owned a shoe store and came up with an idea. Mr. King believed that Armistice Day should be expanded to celebrate all veterans in all wars starting a campaign to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day. On May 26 in 1954, Armistice Day became Veterans Day and would be celebrated on November 11 every year.

Veterans Day marks a time when America honors all men and women, and the four-legged creatures, both alive and deceased who served the United States in both war and peace.

Veterans Day is a Huge Celebration

There are over 25 million veterans living in America. This day thanks those who have served with parades and special commemorations. Those celebrations include a moment of silence at 11:00 am on November 11. The President of the United States places a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington Cemetery during the moment of silence.

Veterans Day is celebrated on the day that is closest to the holiday. Today we celebrate this special day as it fell on Sunday the 11th.

Happy Veterans Day from the team from Knoxweb.

Why We Celebrate Veterans Day

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Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the ending of the hostilities in WWI between Germany and the Allied Nations in 1918. America honors all veterans who have served in the armed forces in the United States.

Known as, “Armistice Day,” the federal holiday became legal in 1938. Following WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day was officially known as Veterans Day, which was dedicated to all veterans who fought in all wars.

United States President Woodrow Wilson asked that the day be observed with public gatherings and parades with a moment of silence occurring at 11:00 am on 11/11. In 1921, an unidentified US soldier who was killed in the war was officially buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.

From Armistice to Veterans Day

With the mobilization of the Air Force, Marines, Navy and the US Army, in WWII, lobbyists amended the act getting rid of Armistice Day in favor of Veterans Day with President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing in the legislation on the first of June in 1954 making November 11 Veterans Day honoring all American veterans who were in all wars.

All over the world

Australia, France, Britain, and Canada also commemorate veterans in WWI and WWII on or near the same date. Britain celebrates Remembrance Day on the second Sunday each November, while Canada has Remembrance Day on our near November 11. The Commonwealth countries and Europe observe two minutes of silence every November 11 at 11:00 am.

In the US, a wreath is laid on the Tomb of the Unknowns each November 11 with a ceremony that takes place at the Arlington National Cemetery with parades and celebrations held in every state across the country.

With all of the discord and anger that has spread across the United States as of late, Knoxweb would like everyone to take a moment to come together and remember why this great holiday is celebrated in the first place, to honor those who have fought for this great country.

Happy Veterans Day from Knoxweb.