Huron County area schools Veteran's Day programs (video)
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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:27:43 EST
Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11th 1919 saying: "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." The day was to mark the the end of World War I which ended with the Treaty of Versailles between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November, 1918. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, most states establish November 11 as a legal holiday and at the Federal level, an annual proclamation was issued by the President. It wasn't until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day. In 1978 the day of November 11th was officially settled as the Veteran's Day we observe today.