History of Veterans Day
1921 - An unknown World War I American soldier was buried
in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England
and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place
of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).
These memorial services all took place on November 11, the anniversary of the
end of World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11th month), which became known as Armistice Day.
1926 - Congress invited all Americans to observe Armistice Day, and then
officially made it a national holiday in 1938.
On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S.
1968 - New legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day
to the fourth Monday in October. However, it soon became apparent that November
11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans so in 1978 Congress
returned the observance to its traditional date.