History Of Veterans Day

Dakota Watts, Staff writer

Did you know Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day? Although many people know why we celebrate Veterans Day, few know the history or dream behind the day we have celebrated for the past 81 years.

November 11 holds a lot of significance, including the ending of World War I.  According to military.com “In 1938, November 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated as Armistice Day.”

In 1968, a bill was issued that moved veteran’s day to the fourth Monday of October. This was later changed back in 1975. On August 4, 2001, the Veterans Day National Committee decided that the week of November 11-17 was  “National Veterans Week.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, former President and the founder of the Veterans Day National Committee, wrote a letter to Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs, “I have today signed a proclamation calling upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day… With the thought that it will be most helpful to coordinate the planning, I am suggesting the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee… I have designated you to serve as Chairman… I have every confidence that our Nation will respond wholeheartedly in the appropriate observance of Veterans Day, 1954.”