How Veterans Day Started

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

After the end of World War I, the United States Congress made Veteran’s Day a holiday, which will always fall on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week it falls on. This is because an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany began at the 10:58 a.m., on the 11th day, on the 11th month of the year. On this day in 1918, previously known as Armistice Day, former president Wilson proclaimed the above words, which sought to inspire Americans to be filled with solemn pride for the veterans who died serving our country.

Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day

The original Armistice Day was put in place on May 13, 1938. However, after World War II, which required thousands of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen to fight, veterans service organizations urged Congress to amend the day by substituting Armistice with Veterans. This allowed all veterans, who fought in any war, to be honored with “thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Veteran’s Day was official as of June 1, 1954. 

The Uniform Holiday Bill

Signed into law on June 28, 1968, this bill was created to ensure Federal employees were able to enjoy three-day weekends for four national holidays by celebrating the following on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Columbus Day. This allowed employees to spend additional time traveling and participating in recreational activities. Despite this bill, many citizens who took pride in the original November 11 date, continued to celebrate Veteran’s Day on that day. In 1975, President Ford returned the observance of Veteran’s Day back to the original date, where it has been celebrated ever since.

By designating a specific day to honor and support veterans, our focus will be on the lives that were spent fighting for our country.

Partner With Defender Bracelets to Support Veterans

Defender Bracelets wants to continue providing support to veterans and their families by encouraging organizations to order our fundraising bracelet. We are owned and operated nearly entirely by veterans who seek to work with nonprofit and not for profit organizations in order to enhance their fundraising services. Our 14 or 12 tile bracelet represent various branches of service, including the U.S. Army, Navy, WWII Korea Veterans, Air Forces, and more. By ordering bracelets, you can help support veterans who are in need of financial or therapeutic support. 

Support Veterans

There are several ways to celebrate this special day, including recognizing veterans you know, sharing their story, or volunteering at a veteran service organization. By participating in these activities, you can support veterans simply by being there to listen or showing them you are proud of their service. Instead of pulling out the BBQ, do something different this Veteran’s Day. Support veterans by donating to a charity or joining in our fundraising efforts.

In today’s tough economy, it can be challenging to receive services that many of us take for granted, like housing and health insurance. With Defender Bracelets, we can raise financial support for those who fought and the families of those who gave their lives for us. Learn more about us and help us raise support today.