Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11 at the 11th hour, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally the holiday was created to celebrate the end of World War I and it was called Armistice Day.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of this holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day and in 1968 the holiday was moved to be celebrated the fourth Monday in October. However, in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned the holiday to November 11, due to the significance of that date. Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars.
Follows is a selection of organizations dedicated to preserving military history.
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