The history of the United States is replete with stories of Americans who displayed the steadfast courage that defines our country. Today, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces continue that legacy as they write history in the war on terror.
Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army
Peter J. Schoomaker
General, US Army
Chief of Staff
Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army
Veterans Day message to Soldiers
THOUGHTS ON VETERANS DAY
The Military Oath
Current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers
Veterans Day 2005
- Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
- In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.
- The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.
- Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Source: Official Veterans Day website
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VETERANS DAY EVENTS ACROSS THE NATION
- Military Appreciation Day ,
George Washington's MOUNT VERNON Estate & Gardens Salutes Veterans, All day, Friday, November 11, 2005.
Free Admission for all Active Duty and Former Military.
Mount Vernon website
- NYSE Veterans Day Moment of Silence
Start Time: 11:00AM EST, New York City, NY
NYSE Commemorates Veterans Day
- Veterans Day Parade
Start Time: 10:00AM EST, Broad Street, Augusta, GA
The Veterans' Day Parade will feature the 434th Army Band, color guard, and marching units from Fort Gordon.