Yesterday was Veterans’ Day but many will be off work to celebrate it today. Veterans Day always falls on November 11. If I knew why we celebrated on that day, then I had long forgot it. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month came word that guns of World War One had stopped firing; the war that ripped Europe to pieces had come to an end. Originally, November 11 was called Armistice Day Per Wikipedia in 1945 WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. In 1954 President President Dwight Eisenhower, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954 and Congress amended the law to replacing Armistice with Veterans.
Numerous other countries like United Kingdom, France, Belguin also have celebrations honoring their veteran but is called Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to November 11 Armistice […]