On November 11, 1918, Germany and the Allied forces declared an armistice that brought fighting to an end in World War 1. The following year “Armistice Day” was celebrated on November 11. After World War 2 and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed “Veterans Day” to honor all soldiers who served in the armed forces. In 1968, Congress amended the law so the holiday would be commemorated on a Monday, thus insuring a three-day weekend. However, because of the historical significance of November 11, in 1975, President Ford signed a law restoring the observance of Veterans Day to November 11. To learn more, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.