Veterans Day A Timeline (abbreviated)
- Nov. 11, 1918 The armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany, goes into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This was eight months before the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and is therefore regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
- Nov. 1919 President Wilson proclaims Nov 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
- May 13, 1938 An Act (52 Stat 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87 a) makes November 11th a legal holiday, a day dedicated to world peace and known as “Armistice Day.” It was mainly set aside to honor veterans of WWI.
- June 1, 1954 After WWII had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in U.S. history, and American forces fought the aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress amends the Act of 1932, striking out the word “armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” November 11th became “Veterans Day,” a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- Oct. 8, 1954President Dwight D. Eisenhower issues the first “Veterans Day Proclamation,” stating that “in order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversay..all veterans..and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”
- June 28, 1968 The Uniform Holiday Bill is signed, changing the dates of celebration of four national holidays to Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day. Many states disagreed with the decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.
- Sept. 20, 1975 President Gerald R. Ford signs into law Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which restores the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11th, beginning in 1978. Supported by the majority of the state legislatures, all major veterans organizations and the majoriy of the American perople, this law ends the confusion over the date of celebration.