Not just a day off: A look at the origins of Veterans Day

‘It’s not too much to say thank you’

Looking at the history of Veterans Day
Looking at the history of Veterans Day

BEDFORD, Va. – Every November, for more than a century, Americans have recognized Veterans Day as a time to honor and thank veterans.

With roots in the end of World War II, the holiday is so much more than a day off from work or a sale at your favorite store.

10 News took a closer look at the history of the day, and examined the concepts of service and sacrifice.

“Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in uniform," said John Long, director of education for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

It’s also a day to reflect on the major sacrifice made by those who protect the freedom we all take for granted.

Long said Veterans Day goes back to the end of World War II, specifically November 11, 1918. One that day, Long said, "The guns fell silent in Europe. It was then known as Armistice Day.

The first time it was observed was a year later in 1919.

In 1954, President Eisenhower officially renamed the day “Veterans Day” to be inclusive to all veterans.

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