Veterans Day is celebrated every November by honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 57 million Americans have served in a branch of the country’s military.
Nov. 11 was initially recognized as Armistace Day following a proclaimation from Wodrow Wilson after the conclusion of World War I that said these words:
“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 nation.”
The country officially recognized Armistace Day as a federal holiday in 1926 when Congress passed it into legislation. It set the precedent of honoring our country’s veterans with a designated holiday.
Following the conclusion of the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclaimation in 1954 to expand Armistace Day to include all veterans of the armed service. The holiday officially became known as Veterans Day.
A bald eagle, a symbol of the Untied States, sits atop a tree branch overlooking the Clear Fork River.