Post courtousey of Yolonda P. Harrison, our guest blogger for today.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th “Armistice Day” in order to commemorate the armistice signed between the allies of World War I and Germany that occurred on November 11, 1918. “Armistice Day” was meant to serve as a day of remembrance for individuals who fought during World War I and was not designated as a national holiday until nearly 20 years later.
On June 4, 1926, the United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution requesting that the President Calvin Coolidge issue a proclamation to observe November 11th with appropriate ceremonies.
On May 13, 1958, an Act entitled “Making Armistice Day a Legal Holiday” (75 P.L. 510, 52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S.C. §87a; 5 U.S.C. §6103(a)) was passed, making November 11th a legal holiday.
On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the Act, renaming "Armistice Day" to “Veterans Day.”
On June 28, 1958, The Uniform Holiday Bill (P.L. 90-363; 82 Stat. 250) was signed and the observance of Veterans Day was moved to Mondays in order to guarantee three-day weekends for federal employees.
On September 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed P.L. 94-97; 89 Stat. 479 and returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11th, beginning in 1978.