On November 11th we honor those who have served in our military.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 major hostilities of World War I ended. It was one of the most destructive and tragically senseless periods in all history. On November 11, 1919 President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice day which was a day of remembrance for all the lives lost in war. In 1915, major U.S veteran organizations urged that Armistice day be renamed to Veterans Day. On June 4, 1926, the U.S Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with proper ceremonies. On May 13, 1938 an approved Congressional Act made November 11 a legal holiday in every year. On June 1, 1954 Congress amended the bill replacing Armistice with Veterans and since then it’s been known as Veterans Day.
Today Veterans Day honors those who have actively served in all branches of the military and are still alive. Memorial Day which takes place in May, observes and honors those who have died within the Military service. Another holiday that takes place in May is Armed Forces Day, which observes those who are current and actively serving in the military. Today on Veterans Day many students and some American workers have the day off from school and work.