Video: The History of Veterans Day

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[Clarence Briggs]: Veterans Day is a US legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. And Veterans Day 2020 occurs on Wednesday, November the 11th. In 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. And armistice, or temporary ceasefire, was declared between The allied nations and Germany in World War I. Commemorated in many countries as an Armistice Day, the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States. In 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the federal holiday to Veterans Day, acknowledging millions of World War II and Korean War veterans in addition to those of World War I. When Congress changed the date of observance to the fourth Monday in October, starting in 1971. State Legislatures, veterans groups and the American people urged the return to the original date. And, in 1975, President Ford signed legislation authorizing the change. In 1978, the nation's Veterans Day, was observance reverted to November 11th. The Veterans Day National ceremony is held each year on November 11th, at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 AM, a Color Guard made up of members of each branch of the military, renders honors to America's war dead, during a tradition rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The President or his representative, places a reef at the tomb and a bugler sounds taps. The ceremony includes a parade of flags by numerous veteran serving organizations. inside the memorial ampitheater adjacent to the tomb. In an 1863 letter, President Abraham Lincoln eloquently summed up our responsibility to our many veterans, or the Soldier and Sailor everywhere who bravely bears his country's calls. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves as he best can. The same calls. Honor to him, only less than to him who braves for the common good. The storms of heaven and the storms of battle. This Veterans Day, we pause with grateful hearts to honor the more than 18 million veterans who have served our country. These veterans sacrificed family holidays and even their own lives to defend our freedoms. Those who return home may carry with them lifelong scars. On behalf of my shipmates, both here and abroad, I extend my deepest gratitude to all veterans. Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment and service to our country.