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.
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.