Did you know the first time a president mentioned Thanksgiving was on October 3, 1789? George Washington was the president and he made a formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in America. But he was not the president that made Thanksgiving a national holiday. That would have been Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, during the Civil War, Lincoln helped pass legislation which created the national holiday.
The very first Veteran’s Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919. November 11th was the one year anniversary of Armistice Day. Armistice Day was the end of World War I, also known as The Great War. The Great War ended when the Allied nations and Germany stopped fighting on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In 1938, Armistice became a national holiday and the name was changed to Veteran’s Day.
The original intent of the holiday was to spend it remembering the men and women who have fought so bravely for our country at parades and public meetings. To do that, work and school must be closed for the day.
There are lots of parades in the Los Angeles area today. Go out and find one to celebrate this day in history.
Have a great Veteran’s Day!
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