Today Marks the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I
November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, a public holiday that occurs on the date World War I ended, 100 years ago.
Originally called "The Great War" until the second World War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended exactly 100 years ago as this is being written.
In 1938, a Congressional Act made November 11 a federal holiday called Armistice Day, a day to honor veterans of World War I. It wasn't until 1954 that the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.
A strange thing happened though in 1968, when The Uniform Holiday Bill was passed. It was intended to give Federal employees three day weekends with four federal holidays that would fall on a Monday. Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day were the four holidays that were required to fall on a Monday, which caused Veterans day to fall on October 25, 1971, the first year the new law took effect.
Veterans Day was returned to it's original date Of November 11 in 1978 after much uproar over losing the original intent of the holiday by changing the date. It has been November 11 since them, but on years where it falls on Saturday is it observed Federally on the previous Friday and when it falls on Sunday it is observed on the following Monday.
To all our men and women who have served our country over the years, happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.