President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, a day to remember all those who served in World War I.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced that Armistice Day would become Veterans Day, “in order that a grateful nation might pay homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed to the preservation of this Nation.”
Indiana State Senator Randy Head said, “Veterans Day provides everyone the opportunity to honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their fellow Americans.”
Senator Head continued, “In Indiana, the commitment to serving our nation is ingrained in our Hoosier roots. Our state has the sixth-largest National Guard and Reserve in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 476,000 veterans living in Indiana – more than 35,000 of whom are women.”
The senator closed his comments by stating, “May we never take our freedom – and the incredible sacrifices required to secure it – for granted. When you see a veteran, please take the time to thank them for their service.”