Honoring all of those who are serving, and have served, for their sacrifices.
When the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 it officially ended World War 1. However, the fighting had actually ended about seven months before that when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, was largely considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and dubbed Armistice Day. In 1926, Congress officially recognized it as the end of the war, and in 1938, it became an official holiday, primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I.
But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.
Today, Veterans Day honors all of the men and women who have served, and are serving, for their dedication and the sacrifices they've made in the name of their duty to our country.