vet day1 300KENTUCKY (11/11/13) — First known as “Armistice Day” in 1918, a temporary interruption of hostilities between allied nations and Germany was implemented on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

However, it wasn’t until the aftermath of WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day and was dedicated to all American veterans from all wars.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day with the following words:

“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.”

In 1921, Congress passed legislation approving a tomb of an unknown soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Congress then declared Nov. 11 would become a legal federal holiday to honor all those who participated in the Great War (WWI).

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, most states established Nov. 11 as a legal holiday on a federal level, an annual proclamation that was issued by the president.

In 1938, Congress passed legislation on May 13, making Nov. 11 a legal federal holiday, Armistice Day.

vet day 500

On June 1, 1954, after both WWII and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by taking out the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans,” making Nov. 11 the day to honor all American veterans of every war.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured federal employees a three-day weekend for four national holidays on a Monday. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to October leaving many Americans confused and disagreeable with the change.

Finally in 1975, Pres. Gerald R. Ford signed a law to return the annual observance back to its original date of Nov. 11 that began in 1978. That date has remained since.

Locally, veterans, families and those wanting to show their respects visited areas like the Veterans' Memorial on Main Street in Madisonville. Others took advantage of a free dinner at restaurants like Applebee's in Madisonville and Golden Corral in Henderson.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photos by Amber Averitt

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Hopkinsville Home School Student Wins SAR Poster Contest

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (3/27/15) — The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution in Cadiz recently… Read More

Utility Tax Petition Signatures Put Choice before Voters; Board to Wait for November Election

GREENVILLE, Ky. (3/27/15) — The Muhlenberg County Clerk's office has completed the certification of Muhlenberg County… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 25, 2015 5104

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4961

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 4882

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 4529

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 24, 2015 4093

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 3812

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13068

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11429

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 27, 2015 4529

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 27, 2015 1856

MPD Searching for Man Accused of Nearly Running…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 27, 2015 1341

Family Loses Possessions, Dog in Sugg Street Fire

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 1049

Hopkins Grand Jury Indictments Handed Down

by Karen McKnight
March 27, 2015 1043

Rehabber Explains Her Mission; Efforts Filmed by…

by Ron Sanders
March 27, 2015 915

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin
March 27, 2015 750

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 27,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 27, 2015 732

Sheriff Explains Numerous Duties of Office,…

by Ron Sanders
March 27, 2015 671

Work Continues on Madisonville's Downtown Plaza

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
March 27, 2015 636

Utility Tax Petition Signatures Put Choice before…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News