Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead. It’s a time for all of us to give thanks to the men and women who serve and defend our country. We’ve compiled a list of local Veterans Day events around our area. But do you know why it is celebrated November 11?
It started with the “war to end all wars,” or more specifically, the end of that war. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies ending World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one hundred years ago.
“Armistice Day” was celebrated for the first time the next year on November 11, 1919. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make it an annual observance, but it did not become a national holiday until 1938.
So when did become November 11th become Veterans Day?
President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed “Armistice Day” to Veterans Day in 1954. The date was moved to the fourth Monday in October by the Uniform Holidays Bill in 1971, but President Gerald Ford moved it back to November 11th in 1975.
Many local businesses and organizations want to honor veterans for Veterans Days, from free meals to public ceremonies we’ve complied a list of these local events. Click on the map to find a Veterans Day event near you!