Veterans Day is a sacred American holiday celebrated with somber remembrances and expressions of appreciation for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Happy Veterans Day to all of the men and women who have served in the various branches of the military! We honor and appreciate your sacrifice for our country.
In addition, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I. On “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in a forest near the French city of Compiègne, French, British, and German leaders met and signed an armistice that officially ended “the war to end all wars” that claimed the lives of more than 16 million people over four years.
In the United States, Veterans Day is usually observed on November 11. However, since it occurs on a Sunday this year, Monday, November 12 is designated as the holiday. Because it is a federal holiday, government offices, including the post office will be closed. Click here for a general list of what is open and what is closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day.
Some background on Armistice Day and Veterans Day
President Woodrow Wilson originally proclaimed November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to honor the country’s servicemen who served during World War I. The date wouldn’t become a National Holiday until a Congressional Act in 1938 made it so. It would remain a holiday for this select group of soldiers, sailors and marines until President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that expanded its intention to celebrate the service of all servicemen and servicewomen from every American war.
It would remain known as Armistice Day for the next 35 years until Congress decided to change its name to Veterans Day on June 1st, 1954. Its name has remained unchanged ever since. The date of its celebration has also remained unchanged, except for a brief period of seven years when it was changed to the fourth Monday of every October in 1971 to make sure that it complied with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This decision would eventually be reversed in 1978 and this holiday has been celebrated on November 11 ever since.