Did you know Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I?
President Wilson proclaimed that day as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. However, in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day in 1954 as a holiday to pay tribute to all American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, with the passage of the Uniform Holidays Bill, the observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October. The first Veterans Day under the new law was Oct. 25, 1971; confusion ensued, as many states disapproved this and observed the holiday on its original date.
In 1975, after debate about the actual date of Veterans Day carrying historical significance, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978.
CSU is proud to honor those who have served and those who are currently serving. We thank each and every one of you for your service to our nation.