Thanking Veterans Today

Dedicated to my Iraq War veteran son.

For your education here is a bit of the history of Veteran's Day that came to me via email:

The origin of this day goes back to a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. The Legislature in 1938 indicated November 11 as "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'

In 1954, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill promoted the celebrating of four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.

President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which formalized the annual observance of Veterans Day to the original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on November 11.


  1. Great info. One holiday that deserves more recognition. When you have opportunity, please express my thanks to your son for his service. I know you must be very proud of him.

  2. Please thank your son for me, too. Does anyone every randomly thank him when they find out he served there? I sure hope so.


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