On November 11, the United States will celebrate Veterans Day, honoring all the men and women, living and dead, who have fought for our country. While some schools and businesses are closed for the holiday, others may hold a period of silence at 11 a.m. or participate in assemblies and parades in deference to those who have served in the armed forces. The Washington State Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a list of events around Washington State recognizing our Veterans.
Although Veterans Day has been celebrated since November 11, 1919, it was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the first anniversary of World War I ending. It wasn’t until 1938 that Armistice Day became a legal holiday intended to honor the veterans of WWI. After WWII’s largest mobilization of US service men and women and the Korean War, the day’s scope expanded to include all veterans. In 1954 to represent all the war heroes, Congress and President Eisenhower changed the name from “Armistice” to “Veterans.”
In 1968, the day was moved to the fourth Monday in October. However, due to confusion over the change, many states resisted the decision and continued to hold it on November 11. Because of November 11’s historical significance, the holiday was reverted to the original date in 1978. Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also honor veterans on or around November 11.
At The Walthew Law Firm, we’re proud to support our veterans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices for our nation’s safety. We want to say thank you for your service to our country.