Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. It celebrated the end of fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I, on November 11, 1918. It became a national holiday in 1938. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, after the United States had been through World War II and the Korean War. It became a day to honor all the veterans of the U.S. military.
In 1968, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October in order to give federal employees a three-day weekend for the event. Veterans groups protested this change, however, and continued to observe the day on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald Ford officially returned Veterans Day to November 11.
Many people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The difference is that Memorial Day honors military men and women who died in service to the United States, and Veterans Day honors all veterans of the military, both living and dead.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Day
This site from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides links to photos, memorials, Veterans Day history, and the presidential proclamation of Veterans Day.
- Veterans Day 11/11 – Military.com
Visit Military.com’s Veterans Day page for a history of Veterans Day, an interview with a veteran, information about celebrities who have served in the U.S. military, and ways to celebrate Veterans Day.
- Infoplease.com – Veterans Day
Infoplease.com’s Veterans Day site contains Veterans Day history, information about the Tomb of the Unknowns, and links to Veterans Day activities and war history.