Every year, Americans celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th. Initially, Veterans Day was referred to as “Armistice Day” to commemorate November 11, 1918; the day the fighting of World War I ceased between the Allies and the Germans. At this time, World War I veterans were the only individuals who were celebrated on November 11th. However, after World War II and the Korean War, the Act of 1938 that legalized Armistice Day as a national holiday was modified to include the remembrance of Americans who were involved in any war. Accordingly, the word “Armistice” was replaced with the word “Veterans.” Today, this holiday’s purpose is to honor war veterans who selflessly risked their lives to serve and protect this great nation.
By: Mikenzi Brasfield