The temporary cessation of hostilities during "The Great War", World War I, ceased between the Allied Nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as Armistice Day.
On May 13, 1938 an Act was passed by the government making the 11th of November of each year a legal holiday - a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated as "Armistice Day." Armistice day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and Airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organization, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became the day to honor American Veterans of all wars.
Today take the time to thank all your family members, friends, and co-workers who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. My personal thanks go to my father, Ted Francis Sullins, who served in the South Pacific during World War II.