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Veteran's Day

History:

World War I ended with the signing of the Versailles Treaty. The treaty was signed on November 11, at 11 PM. So it was the 11 month, 11th day and the 11th hour. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that day to be Armistice Day. A day to remember those who died in service to our country. In 1926 Congress passed a resolution supporting a annual day of honoring men who had served our country.

Armistice Day became a National Holiday in 1938. President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor all Americans who served in all American Wars.

The day was observed on the fourth Monday of October in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968. But slowly but surely it was changed back to November 11 by 1978.

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