A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made Nov. 11 of each year a legal holiday—”a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has since been known as Veterans Day.
Resources for consideration:
- National History Education Clearinghouse Veterans Day Resources
- Take a Vet to School Day. Access the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Teacher Guide and information on Take a Vet to School Day.
- Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. The center collects and makes available personal accounts of American war veterans in the “Experiencing War” section of its website. The “Students” section provides students and educators with information and resources for conducting interviews with veterans.