Veteran’s Day & WWI Armistice

Note: Still Serving Veterans will be closed to honor the millions of men and women who served or are still serving in our nation's armed forces.


Did you know Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and celebrated the signing of the armistice, or truce, between the Allies and Germany? The signing, which ended World War I, occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 and was first observed the following year on November 11, 1919. The day was celebrated with parades, the closing of local shops, and public gatherings.


Soon after, America began to honor Unknown Soldiers on Armistice Day along with the truce and WWI Veterans. Then, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower hosted a signing ceremony that officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day and was designated to honor ALL Veterans.