The first Veterans Day was held in 1926 to celebrate the end of World War I. The holiday was actually called Armistice Day until 1954, when it turned out that “the war to end all wars” would be followed by yet more violent conflict (specifically World War II and the Korean War). The holiday is now intended to honor all members of the United States military that have served in conflict.
Many of our branches have developed book displays and exhibits to mark the holiday. You can also visit the National World War II Museum’s website to see and hear oral histories conducted with United States veterans from all over the country, particularly those from Louisiana.
We thank you for your service.