A Brief History of Veterans Day
When the armistice, or temporary cessation of fighting, in World War I went into effect, it was generally agreed to begin on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the first world war. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
The original concept was to celebrate the day with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. By 1926, Nov. 11 was declared a national holiday in commemoration of those who died during the war.
“Armistice Day” was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1938, and it was a day to be dedicated to “the cause of world peace.” Although originally set aside to honor veterans of World War I, the holiday was expanded to include all veterans in 1954, after World War II had required the “greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in our Nation’s history.” The word “Armistice” was replaced by the word “Veterans.”
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, no matter what day of the week it happens to be. This not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on its important purpose: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
For more information on Veterans Day, please go to http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
In addition, Sacramento City College has several programs specifically for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Veterans Resource Center is an on-campus facility designed to help Veterans and their dependents with homework, VA benefits and Admissions. It also provides computer access, free printing services, appointments with a designated VA counselor and a place to hang out and meet other Veterans on campus.
For more information, call (916) 650-2951 or visit http://www.scc.losrios.edu/veterans/veterans-resource-center/
Sacramento City College will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.