Today, Americans celebrate Veterans Day. While our branches are closed, we are mindful of the sacrifices made by individuals and families all over the world to defend the freedoms we enjoy.
Do you know why we celebrate today?
It was in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – November 11, 1918 – that an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. That break in fighting lasted seven months until when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, ending World War I.
President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, and an act approved on May 13, 1938, made November 11 an annual, legal holiday. A little more than 16 years later, on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars (which, at that time, included World War I, World War II and Korea).
President Eisenhower signed the first Veterans Day Proclamation.
Obviously November 11 doesn’t fall on a Sunday (like this year) or Monday every year. So why do we always get Monday off for Veterans Day? The Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968 ensured that four national holidays – Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day – are always celebrated on Mondays, providing federal employees (and now many other businesses) with three-day weekends.
If you know someone who either currently is or has been a member of our military, give them a call or send them a text today and say “Thank you.”