“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2013: November 11
Additional Curriculum Resources for Veteran’s Day: http://4oops.edublogs.org/?s=Veteran%27s+Day
Additional Veteran’s Day Sentiments: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/163696/12_veterans_day_quotes_to