We want to take this opportunity to honor and say thank you to our Veterans, for serving our country and protecting our people. You are truly remarkable!
History Of Veterans Day
Although World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, fighting ceased when an armistice went into effect on 11/11 (1918) at 11:00 am. That day is known as “the end of the war to end all wars”.
In November 1919, President Wilson declared November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. An Act approved May 13, 1938, made November 11th of each year a legal holiday – celebrated as “Armistice Day”. Then, on June 1, 1954, the legislation approved an amendment of the Act of 1938, which removed the word “Armistice” and replaced it with the word “Veterans”.
On June 28, 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed. It’s purpose was to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees to celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day, on Mondays. This would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities, and stimulate more industrial and commercial production … or so it was thought. Many states didn’t like this idea and celebrated the holidays on their original dates. On October 25, 1971, the first Veterans Day under the new law was observed. People were confused. It became clear that the day was about historic and patriotic significance to most people, rather than a long weekend. So, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law that returned the observance of Veterans Day back to November 11, starting in 1978.
Now we focus on the significant purpose of Veterans Day: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
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Greenlight A Vet
Show your support! Change one light to green in a visible location and keep it glowing as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Use the hashtag #greenlightavet to help spread the word. LEARN MORE HERE