While Presidential proclamations were issued for it starting in 1919, Armistice Day didn't become a national holiday until 1938. All are there to honor the service of our nation's veterans on this important day.
World War I had been dubbed "the war to end all wars".
Over the years, the honoring of all veterans was included, and Congress changed the holiday's name to Veterans Day in 1954.
For many years, Veterans Day was part of the Uniform Holiday Bill.
Trump, marking the holiday in Vietnam with many valiant Vietnam War veterans, noted that measures enacted recently are created to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, reform the VA appeals process and expand the GI Bill.
Fixed on November 11 - the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I - the holiday is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a commemoration each May in honor of those who died while in military service. So at the urging of the veterans service organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans". Our support and appreciation for our veterans needs to extend beyond the weekend's observances.
With many Americans - including many from the Kenai Peninsula - now serving, and with our area home to many more veterans, let's use Saturday's observances as a reminder not just to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans today, but to continue to work toward meeting the needs of veterans every day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production.
All of that is significant as we acknowledge Veterans Day and offer thanks for the people who have selflessly served in the United States military. This led to the "Veterans Day Proclamation" issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower four months later: "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common goal".
The Department of Veterans Affairs says that the commemoration of this day on the true November 11 date was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of citizens.
The 9th Annual Gordon-Rushville High School Veterans Day Program is also today, 1:30 in the high school gym in Gordon with the public invited to attend.
Some people participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country.
A visit to the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in the city park is another way to acknowledge Veterans Day.