Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day. After the First World War President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day which would include parades, public gatherings, and a brief pause of business at 11 o’clock a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; and the U.S. Congress declared Armistice Day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that Armistice Day should be celebrated with thanksgiving and exercises designed to preserve peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day. 27 state legislatures had made Armistice Day a legal holiday which was then approved May 13, 1938 which made Armistice Day a legal Federal holiday.
In 1954, after petitions by veterans the 83rd U.S. Congress modified the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday and changed Armistice for Veterans. President Eisenhower then signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. And from the on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. The observation of Veterans Day was then set as the fourth Monday in October. The first Veterans Day under the new law was Monday, October 25, 1971. Many states disapproved of this change because of confusion, and continued to observe the holiday on its original date. In 1975, after it became evident that the actual date of Veterans Day carried historical and patriotic significance to many Americans, President Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to November 11th. If November 11 falls on a Saturday
or Sunday, then the federal government celebrates the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday.
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