In November 1919, President Wilson declared November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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…”
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
According to History.com: “The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.”
This short video is a quick history lesson on Veterans Day http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts/videos/history-of-veterans-day?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false
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Stay tuned for more Veterans Day information in future blog posts leading up to November 11th.