Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

GabeAmerican History(BR), Bell Ringers

Our federal holiday, Veterans Day, first derived from an armistice between the allied nations and Germany during World War I.  This armistice was in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day during the 11th month, hence why our holiday is on Nov. 11th. This is also where the Armistice Day name was derived from.

In the year 1938, official legislation was passed to celebrate those veterans who fought for us during World War I. After the second world war, along with the Korean war, the legislation was amended to expand the celebration to all veterans. This expansion also came with a change in name from Armistice Day to Veterans day.

It’s important to be aware of the difference between this holiday and Memorial Day. Veterans day is more focused on those veterans still living, while Memorial Day is focused on paying thanks to those who served for us and passed away.

  1. Why did they change the name of the holiday?
  2. Where did the original holiday name, Armistice day, come from?
  3. What makes Veterans day and Memorial Day different?

Image Citation:

7, Nov. 2018, Symbol representing the Honoring of Veterans Day [Digital image].  Retrieved from <>.