A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
Veterans Day 2019
The Office of Adult and Military Programs celebrated our first annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th! President Carvajal and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Smith were the featured guest speakers. We would like to thank everyone who came out to honor and thank all those in our community who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Contact us with your questions, concerns or suggestions by e-mail at AMP@valdosta.edu, by phone at 229-253-2855, or come by our office at 1500 North Patterson on the VSU campus. The office is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and on Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.