Veteran’s Day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (found at U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs).
Originally called Armistice Day, it was ratified into being on 13 May 1938 to commemorate the ending of World War I (otherwise known as the Great War). The date of 11 November was chosen for this holiday as all fighting ceased on 11 November 1918 at the 11th hour.
In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day at the urging of several veteran organizations.
To all those who have served, I thank you for my freedom.
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In honor of this national holiday, Find My Past is having military records free to research today, 11 November 2021 through 15 November 2021. Seize the opportunity to find these important documents about your military ancestor.