Veterans Day started as Armistice Day, November 11th, because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, this important day was changed to "Veterans Day" to celebrate and honor all Veterans who honorably served our great nation.
The words of Retired US Army General Colin Powell eloquently expressed the importance of Veterans Day with the following words - "The nation owes a great debt to its veterans, whose service to the nation spans every decade, every year, every day of our country's existence. Through untold courage and sacrifice, America's veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish here in the new world. Whenever and wherever the nation has called -- in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity -- America's veterans have been there. Veterans have proudly carried the torch of liberty for all to see."
On behalf of National Sons of AMVETS, I would like to extend our humble appreciation and thanks to all Veterans. Your valor, sacrifice, and service is and continues to be a source of inspiration.
God Bless our Veterans and God Bless America.