History of Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, in honor of the signing of the Armistice to end World War I. The signing took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, giving significance to the day and time. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the celebration to Veterans Day in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honor all Veterans. Today, Veterans Day is observed in the United States on November 11, and is both a federal and state holiday.

In Arizona, Honoring Arizona’s Veterans or HAV is the proud sponsor of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. HAV is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is operating this event in its private capacity as an organization. HAV works with the City of Phoenix who provides support to the event with city street services, Police and Fire assistance and other ancillary services.

This year’s theme: Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes