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When did Veteran's Day become a national holiday?

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Veteran's Day became a national U.S. holiday in 1938. The observance began as Armistice Day, which was designed to honor veterans who fought in World War I. The first Armistice Day took place on Nov. 11, 1918.

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When did Veteran's Day become a national holiday?
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After World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress changed Armistice Day to Veteran's Day in 1954. The new designation honors all American war veterans. The day was observed on Nov. 11 each year until 1971 when Congress made the observance a movable holiday so that employees could celebrate with a three-day weekend. Veteran's Day moved back to Nov. 11 in 1978. As of 2014, the federal government observes the holiday on a Friday or Monday only if Nov. 11 falls on the weekend.

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