Veterans Day is one of those holidays that generate a lot of buzz. Military families and civilians alike, rally behind something Americans can all relate to: Patriotism. However, many Americans are not aware of the history of Veterans Day. It helps to know the purpose of the day to honor it appropriately. In honor of today, we decided to share a brief history of the holiday with you.
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was declared a federal holiday in 1938. It is celebrated on November 11th because on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am the opposing forces of World War I laid down their arms in a cessation of hostilities. Armistice Day was celebrated with parades and celebrations. Businesses closed at 11 am to allow all to join in the festivities. It was a day to truly acknowledge the end of a terrible war and celebrate a time of peace and thankfulness to those who helped make it possible.
However, after World War II ended, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, to acknowledge the veterans who served in not just World Wars I and II, but all wars. That sentiment remains true today. Today we rally under Old Glory, with our fellow countrymen and women to honor the brave veterans that have served and that do serve. So shake a Veterans hand and thank him or her.
Insight Credit Union thanks all veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to this country.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday.