Veterans Day was first proclaimed as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson on Novemeber 11 1919 to reflect on the one year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War 1 Nov. 11 1918.
It was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower,prompted by shoe store owner Alfred King from Emporia Kansas to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I.
So we actually started out celebrating the "Armistice" ...."a situation in a war where the warring parties agree to stop fighting".
I guess celebrating "Peace" wasn't a very commercial success for the businessmen of Emporia, so they made it ...all about the warrior......the Veteran.
And, I by no means am downing Veterans......I am one...and I salute them all......just looking at the truth!
Anyway....I just had to touch on the reality of the situation. Politics changed Armistice Day into Veterans Day.
War sells? I gotta admit it.