Clarifying Veterans Day

Originally named Armistice Day, Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed each year on Nov. 11, to honor military veterans of the United States Armed Forces who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, according to Wikipedia.

Veterans Day is different than Memorial Day – an American holiday in May that is thought of by many as the official kick-off for summer activities. Veterans Day commemorates the service of all U.S. veterans, while Memorial Day is meant to honor only those who have died while in military service.

The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that Pres. Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of Nov. 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made Nov. 11 in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’”

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