1919 / Nov. 11

‘Veterans Day’ is an official ‘United States’ holiday that honors people who have served in the ‘U.S. Armed Forces’. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.

‘Veterans Day’ celebrates the service of all ‘U.S. military’ veterans. U.S. President ‘Woodrow Wilson’ first proclaimed ‘Armistice Day’ for November 11 (1919). The ‘United States Congress’ passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4 (1926), requesting that President ‘Calvin Coolidge’ issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.

In (1945), ‘World War II’ 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).

President ‘Reagan’ honored ‘Weeks’ at the ‘White House’ with the ‘Presidential Citizenship Medal’ in (1982) as the driving force for the national holiday. ‘Elizabeth Dole’, who prepared the briefing for President ‘Reagan’, determined ‘Weeks’ as the “Father of Veterans Day”. U.S. Representative ‘Ed Rees’ from ‘Emporia’, ‘Kansas’, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress.

President ‘Dwight D. Eisenhower’, also from ‘Kansas’, signed the bill into law on May 26 (1954). Congress amended this act on June 1 (1954), replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans” and it has been known as ‘Veterans Day’ since. ‘The National Veterans Award’, created (1954), also started in ‘Birmingham’.

Congressman ‘Rees’ of ‘Kansas’ was honored in ‘Alabama’ as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make ‘Veterans Day’ a federal holiday.

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