The History Of 11/11 As Veteran’s Day

A brief history of Veterans Day in American life.

If you’re someone who keeps an eye on the calendar, you probably already know that tomorrow brings numerical symmetry since it’s 11/11. Did you know that it’s more than just a nicely aligned date, though?

Tomorrow is also Veterans Day, and the fact that if falls on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year is no coincidence. In fact, the symbolism of that particular date can be traced back nearly a century.

In 1918, at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th the armistice that ended World War I took effect. The next year, Woodrow Wilson commemorated the date with a proclamation that it should be filled with “solemn pride” in the heroes who fought for our nation and freedom in the first World War. It wasn’t until 1938, though, that November 11th became a legal holiday known as Armistice Day.

Just a few years later, World War II broke out. When it finally drew to a conclusion, it brought with the clarity that we needed to recognize not just our WWI veterans, but also those who’d fought in the most recent war. With urging from veterans service organizations, Congress changed November 11th from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Today, Veterans Day serves as an important reminder that we should all say thank you to the veterans who have defended us and furthered the cause of freedom in all of our nation’s wars.

Tomorrow, I hope you’ll join with me in thanking and honoring all of the brave men and women who’ve dedicated themselves to serving and protecting our country. I personally want to say thank you to all of them!

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