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The “Why” of Veterans Day

Reading is powerful and brings history to life! In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to share a brieft history of this day because it is so much more than a federal holiday. Right now it’s the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and at this point in history, 102 years ago World War I and temporary cession of hostilities was declared leading to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919 thus ending the war. Veterans Day, formally known as Armistice Day, was first commemorated by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919. Later in 1938 the U.S. Congress passed an act making Armistice Day a federal holiday and in 1954 amended the act renaming the holiday Veterans Day and was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. So enjoy your day off if you have and be sure to thank those who have served our country! To learn more about our nation’s history and World War I, visit our catalog.

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