Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a day we pay tribute to all American veterans – living or dead. But we espe ci a l ly give thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
November 11, 1918 signaled the end of World War I, also known as Armistice Day. On the first anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11, 1919), Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day. In 1926 congress passed a resolution for annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armist i c e Day to Veterans Day.
1968: Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October under the Uniform Holiday Bill that was passed by Congress.
1971: The law went into effect to celebrate Veterans Day on the fourth Monday of October.
1975: President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 due to the historical significance of the date.