Armistice Day Became Veterans Day

Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War I – November 11, 1919. The very first Veterans Day parade was held in Birmingham, Alabama in 1947 and continues to be held there annually. France, Britain, Canada, and Australia also honor World War I and II veterans on or near November 11th.
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day. In 1968, the date commemorating Veterans Day was changed to the fourth Monday in October, but in 1975, President Ford changed it back to November 11th.
In the United States, every year on Veterans Day, at exactly 11:00 a.m. local time, a ceremony is held in Arlington National Cemetery, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, laying a wreath in honor of all those who died serving their country.