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Happy Veterans Day from SheetLabels.com!
All of our team here at SheetLabels.com wants to say Thank You and Happy Veterans Day to everyone who has served this great nation we call home! Your bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten!
Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day, and was soon proclaimed a National Holiday by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. In a speech that was given by the President regarding Armistice Day he said:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
On June 4, 1926 the US Congress passed a concurrent resolution which requested that President Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with proper ceremonies. Eventually a Congressional Act was approved on May 13, 1938 which made November 11 an annual legal holiday.
Talks regarding Armistice Day began again in 1945 when WWII vet Raymond Weeks wanted to expand Armistice Day so it was a day of celebration for all veterans, up until this point it was only to honor veterans who died in WWI. General Eisenhower agreed with a National Veterans Day, and Raymond Weeks led the first National Celebration in 1947 and did this annually until his death in 1985. Weeks was also honored in 1982 by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal and was called the "Father of Veterans Day." by Elizabeth Dole.
In the mid-1950s, U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Kansas presented the bill to establish the holiday through Congress, and then President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress made an amendment to the act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.