Do You Know Why We Celebrate Veterans Day?

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Many students and employees all over the country view Veterans Day as just a day off of school and work. Many people do not know the true meaning of Veterans Day or why we celebrate it.

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th, because of the specific armistice that occurred at the end of World War I. This armistice took place on the 11th hour of the 11 day in the 11th month.

The first official observance of the holiday occurred in November of 1919 under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

In June of 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was passed to have three day weekends for federal holidays, such as: Veterans Day, Washington’s birthday, Memorial day, and Columbus day. This bill was passed to allow families and citizens time for recreational activities.

It has lately been established that Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th despite what day of the week it falls on. This keeps true to why the day is acknowledged and gives appreciation to our veterans who have served and those who are currently serving our country.