Today and tomorrow we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve, acknowledging their selfless sacrifices.
World War I officially came to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th, 1919. However, the actual fighting had ceased about seven months earlier, when an armistice between the Allies and Germany took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
This historical significance led to the recognition of November 11, 1918, as the end of "the war to end all wars," dubbed Armistice Day. In 1926, Congress officially acknowledged this date as the war's end and, in 1938, designated it as a holiday to honor World War I veterans.
With the occurrence of World War II and the Korean War, on June 1, 1954, Congress responded to the advocacy by veterans service organizations and modified the commemoration. The word "armistice" was replaced with "veterans" to extend recognition to American veterans of all conflicts.
Veterans Day stands as a tribute to the unwavering dedication and sacrifices of all the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, our country. We honor them for their service in defense of our nation.