On Friday, November 11, 2016, Americans will pause to remember the sacrifice and service by U.S. military service members. Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, which is a day to remember U.S. military service members that have lost their lives in the name of freedom. Veterans Day is about giving thanks and celebrating all U.S. military veterans for their service to our great country.

Veterans Day: A History 

Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day’s original purpose was to honor the ending of World War I and it officially first took place on November 11, 1918. However, it was not until 1938 when legislation was passed to make November 11th the day that was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’”

In 1954, the U.S. government decided to amend the Armistice Day holiday, after experiencing grueling conflicts in World War II and Korea. Backed by veterans groups, the U.S. government decided to officially rename the holiday, Veterans Day, after legislation was passed on June 1, 1954. It was on this day that the modern Veterans Day celebration began to take shape.

It was not until 1968, that Veterans Day became a non-working holiday for federal employees. The passing of the Uniforms Holiday Bill in 1968 ensured that federal employees would have three-day weekends for four national holidays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. However, the Uniforms Holiday Bill was controversial, in that, it changed the Veterans Day celebration from November 11th to the fourth Monday of October. This obviously created a lot of confusion when Americans celebrated the first Veterans Day after the passing of the new law, which took place on October 25, 1971.

Four years later, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law, which officially returned the observance of the Veterans Day holiday to November 11th. Since 1978, Americans have continued to honor our veterans on November 11th.

Happy Veterans Day From EmergingGrowth.com

Without the enormous bravery and sacrifice from our military service members, there would be no freedom or America, as we know it. That is why Emerging Growth would like to individually thank each and every U.S. veteran for his or her selfless act of bravery, courage and sacrifice. We wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day!

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