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Veterans Day 2017

Why do we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th every year?

Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and commemorated the cessation of fighting during World War I. This happened at the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 1918. One Year Later, in 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first “Armistice Day”. Armistice Day was intended to celebrate pacifist and internationalist dreams of peace.In May 1938, Congress made November 11 a legal federal holiday, this day was intended to be dedicated to world peace and was known as “Armistice Day.”

In 1954, after the victory in World War II and successful resistance to Communist aggression in Korea, Congress transformed the name of the holiday to “Veterans Day,” a day to honor and respect American warriors of all wars, for their patriotism and the readiness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  This change from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, was driven by several Veterans Organizations.

On Veterans Day 1986, President Reagan spoke of freedom and preserving our way of life, “Veterans Day gives all Americans a special opportunity to pay tribute to all those men and women who throughout our history, have left their homes and loved ones to serve their country. Their willingness to give freely and unselfishly of themselves, even their lives, in defense of our democratic principles has given our great country the security we enjoy today. From Valley Forge to Vietnam, through war and peace, valiant patriotic Americans have answered the call, serving with honor and fidelity.”

There are many ways that you can honor a veteran on Veterans Day. Many People will visit gravesides of loved ones that were veterans, you could visit a VA Hospital and listen to the many stories that veterans are happy to share, or you can spend time with a veteran close to you. How do you honor this day?

For more ideas on how you can Honor Veterans Day, please visit: https://www.wallawalla.va.gov/misc/honor_veteran.asp