- On November 11, 1918, the fighting for World War I actually stopped on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month bringing an end to what was called “The War to End All Wars.”
- World War I, known as at the time as “The Great War,” officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
- In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
- On June 4, 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution.
- Another act, approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November a legal holiday. This was to be a day dedicated to world peace and to be known as Armistice Day.
- As World War II and then the Korean War followed, on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars, now known as Veterans Day.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation on October 8, 1954.
- The Uniform Holiday Bill, which was intended to give federal employees several three-day weekends, was signed on June 28, 1968, moving the observance of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
- On September 25, 1971, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law returning the annual observance of Veterans Day to November 11, beginning in 1978.
As the son of a World War II Army veteran, I am extremely proud of my father, and all veterans, for the sacrifices he endured. To this day, he presents inspiring programs and musical concerts to his community, constantly stressing the importance of this day and this great country.
On behalf of the entire J.W. Pepper family, we thank all veterans for your sacrifice and dedication to this great country. If you encounter a veteran or an individual currently serving in the military, please take a moment to thank them for everything they have done – or are currently doing – to ensure future freedoms for us all.