North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 8, 2012

Veterans Day events, activities set

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

— Veterans Day is on Sunday, and several events are in the works in upcoming days to honor military veterans.

Veterans, active duty military personnel and others are invited to the following events.







The holiday honoring those who are often forgotten has a long history.

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919 following the end of World War I. The war officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, fighting had ended seven months earlier — on Nov. 11 — when an armistice went into effect that caused hostilities to cease between the Allied nations and Germany.

Armistice Day was recognized annually, and became a legal federal holiday in 1938.

In 1954, veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the wording of the holiday because World War II saw the largest mobilization of soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors in United States history. Congress approved legislation to change the Nov. 11 holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to honor American veterans of all U.S. wars.