Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11th, is a solemn occasion dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally established as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, it was later renamed Veterans Day to encompass the contributions of all military veterans. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have donned the uniform, defending the values and freedoms that form the bedrock of the nation.
The roots of Veterans Day trace back to the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918, marking the end of World War I. In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday in the United States, honoring the veterans of the “war to end all wars.” However, after the conclusion of World War II and the Korean War, the need to recognize the service of veterans from all eras became evident. In 1954, the holiday was officially renamed Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.