Veterans Day Celebrations

Kayla Corless on Nov 9, 2022 2:23:15 PM

Display of many American flags for observation of Veterans Day, with long parallel shadows and bare tree in public park on early November morning

This upcoming Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day, which means for celebrations honoring United States Armed Forces veterans. Veterans Day serves as an important day for recognizing all military veterans that have served in the U.S.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday that has been celebrated in the United States since as early as 1918. Initially, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day, which honored the end of World War I. In 1954, Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day by President Eisenhower, and has been celebrated on November 11th every year since 1978.

In June of 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed into law, which established three-day weekends for federal employees to celebrate four national holidays that fell on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. This bill was created to allow Americans the proper opportunity to celebrate these holidays in a way that was meaningful to them, such as traveling and being around loved ones.

Today, Veterans Day is being honored through many different celebrations across the country. A Veterans Day parade is occurring here in Pocatello this Saturday, November 12th at 10:00 AM. The parade will be located in downtown Pocatello, and will end at the heart of Idaho State University. 

The Veterans Day event is honoring all six branches of the United States military as well as the local 13 Veteran Service Organizations. More information about the parade can be found here.


History of Veterans Day

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day History


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