Veteran’s Day

screenshot_01We are celebrating Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., a day to honor all of those who have served in the military. Whether you live here or in countries far from here, most all of us know someone who has been a part of serving their country at one time or another.

I was curious as to how this day came to be, so I did some research. Back in 1918, World War I ended with the implementation of an armistice (temporary cessation of hostilities until the final peace treaty could be signed in 1919) at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November.  In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first official “Armistice Day” to honor those who had died in service to their country. The idea was that all businesses would stop for two minutes at 11:00 am on 11/11 to honor these people.

In 1921, Congress passed legislation declaring 11/11/21 a legal Federal holiday to honor all who had participated in the war. In the 20’s and 30’s, most states established 11/11 as a legal holiday, and the President gave an annual proclamation to observe this at the Federal level.

In 1938, Congress passed legislation making 11/11 a permanent legal Federal holiday, Armistice Day. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name to “Veteran’s Day”. During the 60’s and 70’s, the observance varied between state to state, from the 4th Monday of October to November 11th. In 1978, the celebration was moved back to November 11th for everyone.

I’m sure that I learned about the history of this day as I went through school, but I didn’t remember how it came to be. I’m glad that we have a day to stop, remember, and honor.

Sheri includedinthisFederalholidayisnomailservice.


  1. My dad is a Vietnam Vet, so I always remember this day. Of course, even if I managed to live under a rock and know no person who served, it is also my husband’s birthday!

  2. I raise my cup of tea and my Numma Numma sock in honor of all those veterans, past, present, and future, whose service enables me to have my cup of tea and my Numma Numma sock. My Da was in WWII, my cousin did two tours in Viet Nam, and my mom lost a very dear friend in Korea, so this is an important day in my house.

  3. My father served in Korea, all the men in his family served (lost two brothers in war), and my maternal grandfather served as a doctor in the European Theatre in WWII. I had the honor, in my undergraduate days, to record oral histories with Vietnam vets and some Soviet veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Barely a day goes by that I don’t think of one or more of the people I know who served: they have my thanks, and my “Welcome home.”

  4. thanks for the history lesson! Hubby is a third generation disabled vet (at age 40), all navy. I am happy to send thanks to all those both in the military and those who directly support those in the military!

  5. What a nice summary of Veteran’s Day. I have to confess that when I was little, I thought that everything was closed in observance of my birthday. (My sister, who’s birthday is 7/3, thought the fire works were in observance of her birthday.) As an adult, I am happy to share the day with all the veterans out there.

  6. I don’t believe one day is enough to honor veterans. I usually put my small flags out – but we had drizzle all day. Rarely you will hear of a town or township that even still has a parade or ceremony of some sort. I don’t know why veterans don’t get discounts in the same way seniors do. One Memorial Day I went up to a Viet Nam vet at our local after the parade ceremony – and all I did was shake his hand, and say “thank you” – and do you know – he cried. How sad is that? My father and step father were WW 2 vets. I was given a box of all of my father’s letters to his mother during WW2 to include letters from her to him and greeting cards they sent to each other- they are something to read.

  7. Was wondering if the picture on your blog post today is of Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. My husband’s grandmother and grandfather are buried there. Thanks. Marcia

  8. Thank you for a beautiful summary of the history of Veteran’s Day, Sheri. Some (but not all) Europeans also commemorate this day. My grandmother was a telephone operator back in 1918. She told us that the moment the Armistice was signed, the entire board lit up.

  9. This was a nice piece. My dad (who was a veteran of WWII) was born on 11/11/20. so the day he was born was right between the first Armistice day in 1919 and it being declared a Federal Holiday in 1921. . We were always able to celebrate with him because of the holiday. He would have been 89 yesterday and I still miss him.

  10. Thank you for the wonderful summary. Like many others, I also had family in the service, as well a husband who is retired. Without our veterans, we couldn’t enjoy the freedoms that we do today. Thank you!

  11. Thanks for this! That is really interesting and I didn’t know all of that. I was kind of wondering why this holiday fell on 11/11 instead of a Monday like a lot of other federal holidays. My hubby is a retired veteran so I am lucky enough to live with one of our wonderful veterans and thank him personally!

  12. Thanks for he summary Sheri! My birthday is the day before, on 11/10, which is also the birthday of the Marine Corps. I’m in great company! I’m old enough to remember Armestice Day as opposed to Veterans Day. Either one is a great tribute to our troops.

  13. My husband and all his brothers served in the Marine Corp. His only sister’s husband served iin the Army. Collectively they have served in the Persian Gulf war and the Iraq wars. My father served in Vietam and my grand fathers in WWII. It is a good day.

  14. My Dad too served, but way back in WWII. In fact, he (and Mom) are buried in what is probably the 2nd most recognized military cemetery (next to Arlington) in the US, The National Cemetery of the Pacific or commonly called Pu’owaina Crater (Punchbowl) in Honolulu Hawaii.

    Puppy….hmmm, puppies and yarn….I’m not so sure that IS a good idea. I still have visions of coming home to my apt in Calif, which had a roommate with a peekapoo. The sweater in progress was unraveled and you could follow the trail of the obviously excited puppy as she ran up and over the furniture, through the space in the coffee table, and back around and around……simply miles of yarn it seemed.
    Oh, well, she had a great time apparently while we were at work.

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