History of Veterans Day
Observed annually in the United States on November 11, Veterans Day is a federal holiday, honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans. Along with Remembrance Day, Veterans Day was also originally Armistice Day - which officially started in 1918 to mark the end of the First World War. For more information, visit our articles on Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.
Veterans Day became an official holiday in 1954, after an 9 year campaign to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all United States Veterans, by the "Father of Veterans Day" World War II veteran Raymond Weeks. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law on May 26, 1954, which accomplished Weeks' goals. On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the bill, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans"; giving the holiday its current name of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day Traditions
Many cities around the United States have Veterans Day parades, a time for the community to come together to celebrate peace, and honor the veterans who have served their country in the Armed Forces, and many schools hold Veterans Day activities to honor American veterans throughout the week and on Veterans Day.
Citizens are encouraged to fly the flag of a Military branch, or a POW or MIA flag on Veterans Day to show support to United States Veterans.
A Veterans Day parade in Beaufort, South Carolina.