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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2022

The History of Veterans Day

From the Chief of University Police
Veterans Day is more than a holiday observed on November 11 each year. At the conclusion of World War I, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The evolution of Veterans Day continued when Congress made “Armistice Day” a legal holiday in 1938. After World War II and Korea, Congress, with the support of President Dwight Eisenhower, amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” day as a day to honor American veterans of all wars. A public law was passed in 1968, switching the holiday to Mondays. Many states objected to switching the date, and in 1975, President Gerald Ford, returned the observance of Veterans Day to the original date of November 11, keeping the historic significance.

Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the citizens of the United State of America. Please join me in thanking all veterans on not only this day, but also every other opportunity that you get. It does matter to veterans, even though most are extremely humble for their service and sacrifice.

Submitted by: University Police Chief Stephen Mayoral (Major, U.S. Army - Retired)
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