Veteran’s Day began as a worldwide day to celebrate the end of World War I. The first Armistice Day was held on November 11, 1919, the one year anniversary of the end of the Great War. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1938, when the United States Congress passed a bill designating November 11th as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”
In 1954, Armistice Day was officially expanded to a day to honor all veterans. Two years later the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
My father is a Vietnam veteran, as are two of my uncles. My grandfather was a World War II veteran, as well as several of my uncles. I have cousins who are veterans of the Iraq War. Today is a day to honor them, as well as all veterans in our country. Please remember them on this holiday.