Veterans Day

 

Our flag does not fly because the wind blows it,
it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

History of Veterans Day

1921 - An unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).

These memorial services all took place on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), which became known as Armistice Day.

1926 - Congress invited all Americans to observe Armistice Day, and then officially made it a national holiday in 1938.

On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. Veterans.

1968 - New legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, it soon became apparent that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans so in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

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