Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I-which occurred on November 11, 1918. In 1938, Armistice Day was, through an act of Congress, made into a legal holiday. In 1954, at the urging of various veterans service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans.” On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill (“UHB”) was signed. This bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees, by celebrating four (4) national holidays on Mondays: George Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on their original dates. As such, Veterans Day under the UHB was not observed until October 25, 1971.
On September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11th. This observance began in 1978. Since then, Veterans Day has been observed on November 11th of every year.
Cipriani & Werner, P.C. extends its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to American veterans of all wars - whose selfless contributions and bravery continue to benefit and maintain the protection and security of our country. C&W would like to thank our members who are veterans.
- Jack Kincaid
- Christopher Leeds
- Jordan Morgan
- William Pentecost
- Jim Walsh
Christopher N. Leeds is a partner in the firm’s Woodbridge, NJ office.