Veterans Day and Memorial Day– Veterans Day and Memorial Day both honors the military community in the United States, but the two holidays serve different purposes and their origins are tied to two different wars.
Armistice Day was the original name for Veterans Day.
Veterans Day, observed every November, honors all who have served in the United States military.
The federal holiday is observed on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918.
A year later, for the first time, President Woodrow Wilson observed what was originally known as Armistice Day. However, it wasn’t until 1938 that Congress declared it an official federal holiday.
The holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honors veterans from all wars in which the United States has fought. The day is celebrated in France and other parts of Europe.
The holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honors veterans from all wars in which the United States has fought. In France and other parts of Europe, the day is still known as Armistice Day.
However, for several years, Veteran’s Day was observed in October.
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To ensure a long weekend for workers, the Uniform Holiday Act of 1968 moved the holiday from November 11 to the “fourth Monday in October.”
Veterans Day and Memorial Day
However, due to the significance of the holiday in commemorating the end of the war, President Gerald Ford returned it to its original November date in 1975.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, according to history professor Matthew Dennis, and was observed on May 30.
It was the day when people decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers — both Union and Confederate — who died during the conflict.