The fighting in World War I famously ended “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, according to the terms of the armistice signed by Germany and the allied nations. The day that ended “the war to end all wars” was declared a national holiday, Armistice Day, by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. It became an official holiday in 1938 when Congress passed a resolution requesting that Calvin Coolidge proclaim November 11, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”
Originally intended to honor veterans of WWI, in 1945 the holiday was expanded to honor all veterans. In 1954 the name was officially changed to “Veterans Day.” In nations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Australia, it is known as Remembrance Day.
Though yesterday was the 11th, Veterans Day is officially observed today in the United States. Yesterday, today, and every day, Stahls’ salutes the veterans who sacrificed to protect the rights of our nation.
Happy Veterans Day