What is the history behind the holiday?
The roots of Veterans Day go back nearly 100 years.
Fighting during WWI stopped on Nov. 11, 1918 due to an armistice between the Germans and the Allies. President Woodrow Wilson commemorated Nov.11 as Armistice Day in 1919.
A resolution passed by Congress in 1926, according to the federal agency, called for Nov. 11 to be remembered every year “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”
In 1938, Armistice Day was officially made a legal public holiday.
Many American soldiers lost their lives during WWII and the Korean War. In the wake of these wars, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954