In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remember the end of World War I, “The Great War”. On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany went into effect. To this day, November 11, 1918 is known as the end of “the war to end all wars”.
The Congress, in 1926, officially declared November 11th to be a legal holiday, know as Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II and Korea, veterans services organizations petitioned the 83rd Congress to change the name to honor veterans from all wars. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became known as Veterans Day.
The Uniform Holiday Bill, in June 1968, to ensure a three-day weekend for Federal employees, moved Veterans Day to a Monday. Under this law and much confusion, the first Veterans Day was observed on October 25th, 1971.
Again the veterans services organizations, to maintain the historic and patriotic significance of November 11th, worked with the States and Congress to remove Veterans Days from the Uniform Holiday Bill. On September 20th, 1974, President Ford signed the law that returned Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978.
To this day Veterans Day remains November 11th, regardless of the day of the week, as a celebration to honor America’s veterans.
For more information on Veterans Day, please visit the Veterans Administration web site at