President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. Seven years later, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 as the official designation. In 1938, November 11 was made the official legal holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'.
It was not until 1953, when an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner, Al King, began his campaign to extend the celebration to all veterans, not just those who served in World War I resulted in the present day observance of Veterans Day. With the help of a U. S. Representative from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was presented to Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 25, 1954.
For me, the most striking reminder of the meaning of Veterans Day, is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall) in Washington, D.C.
For each, this day may hold a personal remembrance - a father, mother, sister, brother, family member, friend who may have served in the military. No matter who that may be for each of us, I hope that we all pause to remember, regardless of one's politics or beliefs, to remember those individuals who bravely served all of us, and to remember those that continue to serve, as they all deserve our utmost respect and honor.