Veterans Day seals
Veterans Day seals
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

In 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “anniversary… should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding.”

So, at a dedication ceremony for a liberty memorial on Armistice Day in 1926, President Calvin Coolidge remarked that “[i]n each recurring year this day will be set aside to revive memories and renew ideals.” [emphasis added]

Next, he concluded his remarks this way:
“If the American spirit fails, what hope has the world? In the hour of our triumph and power we can not escape the need for sober thought and consecrated action. These dead whom we here commemorate have placed their trust in us. Their living comrades have made their sacrifice in the belief that we would not fail. In the consciousness of that trust and that belief this memorial stands as our pledge to their faith, a holy testament that our country will continue to do its duty under the guidance of a Divine Providence.”

“Let us Remember…”

Years later, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower legally changed the name of the federal holiday with his Veterans Day Proclamation. Here is an excerpt:

“On [November 11] let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
Finally, the national ceremony commences with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb was dedicated on this day in 1921.
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