World War 1, which was known as the Great War at that time, officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. However, the armistice, or truce, between German and the Allied nations was acknowledged on the eleventh hour on November 11, 1918. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs, this day is known as “the war to end all wars.”
President Wilson proclaimed the date to honor all veterans, November 11, 1919, was the first commemoration of Armistice Day. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs, he stated, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved and every November 11th was a legal holiday to honor veterans of World War 1. The US Department of Veterans Affairs writes,” ….a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day.”
However, in 1954, after a great amount of troops assembled in the Nation’s history for World War ll, the word “Armistice” was replaced by the word “Veterans.” The eleventh day of the eleventh month of every year became a day dedicated to veterans of all wars.