11/11 is a day for wishes, but it’s also Veteran’s Day! It’s a day to remember those who have served and are serving to protect our country. Veteran’s Day originally was called Armistice Day, first declared on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Armistice Day was recognized as a holiday every year, but it didn’t become official until 1938 when Congress made it a legal federal holiday. After World War II, President Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day in order to recognize all veteran’s, not just those who lost their lives.
Keep our soldiers in mind every day, but today make sure you give some extra thought to those who fight for our freedom.
Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now working for an awesome company in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!
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