Thursday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day—a day to celebrate and honor all United States servicemen who served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime.
“Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.”
There will be several events held in the Central Florida area in celebration of this national holiday.
- On Saturday, November 13, the City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Downtown Orlando. The event is hosted by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council.
- To honor the nation’s 22 million veterans, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will offer free day-use entry to all state park visitors on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2010.
The Men’s Divorce Law Firm would like to thank all the men and women who have so bravely served in the United States’ military. Show your support for United States’ veterans and make an effort to take a moment to say thank you to all servicemen and servicewomen you come across that have courageously risked their lives for their country.