Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day
A veteran of World War II, Raymond Weeks, wanted to expand the celebration of Armistice Day to include all veterans, not just the ones who served and died in the First World War. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a congressional bill that expanded the scope of Armistice Day. A couple of days after the president signed the bill, Congress changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
The National Veterans Award was first awarded in 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, home of Raymond Weeks. According to Veterans Day facts, this award is given annually. The first person to receive the award was Congressman Ed Rees of Kansas, who wrote the legislation for, and championed the expansion of, Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
From 1971 to 1977, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. In 1978, the holiday took back its rightful date on November 11 and continues to be celebrated annually on that day. However, if Veterans Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, businesses and government organizations that celebrate may be closed on the Friday or Monday before or after the holiday.
President Eisenhower’s letter to Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs, designating him Chairman, Veterans Day National Committee
The White House Office
October 8, 1954
Dear Mr. Higley:
I have today signed a proclamation calling upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954 as Veterans Day. It is my earnest hope that all veterans, their organizations, and the entire citizenry will join hands to insure proper and widespread observance of this day. With the thought that it will be most helpful to coordinate the planning, I am suggesting the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee. In view of your great personal interest as well as your official responsibilities, I have designated you to serve as Chairman. You may include in the Committee membership such other persons as you desire to select and I am requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch to assist the Committee in its work in every way possible.
I have every confidence that our Nation will respond wholeheartedly in the appropriate observance of Veterans Day, 1954.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Veterans Day Schedule of Events
La Fayette, AL
Friday November 10th at 9:00 am in gym
300 Ave A SE,
Wednesday 9:00 am
1814 Cherry Dr,
Lanett, AL 36863
9:45 am in Gym
6001 20th Ave,
Valley, AL 36854
Thursday November 9th
at 2:00 pm