VETERANS DAY: 11 Nov. 2013
About Veterans Day
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day
was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson
proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties
agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World
War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th
hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month).
On May 13th, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each
year. A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally
Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War.
On November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran,
organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to
recognize veterans of all wars.
This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.