Why We Celebrate Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is November 11th and it’s an important day to acknowledge those who have served our country. The historic significance of the date is tied directly to World War I, but it has grown to represent much more. World War I was supposed to be “The War to End All Wars” but, as we know, it didn’t end up that way. The war famously saw an end to fighting on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. To commemorate this important event, “Armistice Day” was born. Armistice Day acted as both a celebration of the war’s end and a day to memorialize those who had given the ultimate sacrifice.

Armistice Day became a national holiday in1938, but as we know from history, a celebration of the end of all war was not to last much longer. Soon, war was once again raging in Europe. In 1947, World War II Veteran, Raymond Weeks organized a “National Veterans Day,” held on November 11th. The idea was to honor all veterans rather than commemorating a single event. This sort of celebration increased in popularity over the next several years. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day.

We believe in honoring those who gave so much, not only on Veterans Day but every day. The Greatest Generation is working to pass legislation to improve the lives of seniors over the age of 82. Consider signing our petition, and be sure to share on Facebook and Twitter.