Veteran’s Day as we know it has taken on multiple names and meanings throughout the ages. It’s been a rather fluid process, as it evolves with the passage of time; Veteran’s Day changes based on events that come to pass.
“Veteran’s Day” began not as a day to celebrate the veterans of a war, but as “Armistice Day.” The armistice being celebrated was the end of the first World War, on November 11th, 1918. Twenty years later, in 1938, legislation was passed declaring November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day,'” said Ho Lin, an author for military.com.
However, war is a frequent theme in human history. As time progressed, America found itself at war again and again. After World War I, America fought in WWII, the Cold War and the many various conflicts that accompanied it, and more. Because of this, on June 1, 1954, the legislation was amended, and Armistice Day officially became Veteran’s Day: a day to honor all veterans.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by ensuring that the holiday falls on Monday or on Friday. It also made it so that both state and federal buildings closed on this day.
People commonly don’t know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor the living veterans who have served both in times of war and in peace. Memorial Day, on the other hand, is a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in service or as result of their injuries.