November 11, 1918 at 11:00, World War I. ended. Originally the day was known as Armistice Day, and Congress officially recognized this day as such in 1926. It was declared a national holiday in 1938. Shortly thereafter, war broke out in Europe beginning the Second World War.
After the conclusion of World War II., a veteran of that war, Raymond Weeks, began an observance on November 11, 1947 to commemorate all those who served in that war as well. In 1954, Congress passed HR 7786, and on June 1, of that same year, President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law, creating Veterans Day. In part, President Eisenhower stated, “…it is well for us to pause, to acknowledge our debt to those who paid so large a share of freedom’s price. As we stand here in grateful remembrance of the veterans’ contributions we renew our conviction of individual responsibility to live in ways that support the eternal truths upon which our Nation is founded, and from which flows all its strength and all its greatness.”
So on this Veteran’s Day, we at the Tri-State Better Business Bureau, thank our veterans for their service and dedication to the cause of liberty for which many of them gave their lives.