Veterans Day, formerly called Armistice Day, commemorated the end of World War I. Although the signing of the Treaty of Versailles occurred on June 28, 1919, the fighting in WWI ended seven months before denoting the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 was considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and named Armistice Day. In 1938, the U.S. Congress made it an official federal holiday to honor veterans of World War I. Due to World War II and the Korean War occurring, veterans service organizations urged congress to amend the name and change armistice to veterans in order to honor American veterans of all wars. The date to honor Veterans Day changed throughout the years until it became apparent that U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate it on November 11th as a matter of historic and patriotic significance. So President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-97, which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978. Veterans Day has quite a history that makes it a federal holiday to cherish.
The faculty, staff, and students that comprise Virginia International University want to convey our sincere gratitude to all veterans of the Armed Forces and their families for their service and sacrifice on this Veterans Day. We are especially proud to honor our VIU students, staff, and alumni who have served our country. Your example of service inspires us all and we salute you. The VIU community encourages everyone to “Thank a veteran today!”