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Veterans Day has World War I origins

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In 1919, President (Woodrow) Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 the first commemoration of Armistice Day, speaking of “...sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations ….” In 1926, Congress passed a resolution stating: “Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and “Whereas ... this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations Therefore be it Resolved ... inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” Legislation (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday — a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day. Carroll Nast, Colfax