Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on 11 November 1918 to celebrate the end of the WWI. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance to be held on 11 November 1938.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day.
Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans living or dead and gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Veterans Day ceremonies are held all over the world with Great Britain, France, Australia and Europe and other Commonwealth countries where it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony commences precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath being placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A parade proceeds after the placing of the wreath and the ceremony is intended to honor and thank all those who served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day Celebrations throughout the country.
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