It is almost Veterans Day, and here at Joe’s Auto Sales, we truly appreciate our heroes who have served to keep us free! We thought that we would offer some information about the holiday in our latest blog post, along with some great resources that are helpful for Indianapolis-area veterans.
History of Veterans Day
President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 of 1919 to be a day to commemorate the veterans who served during WWI and the German truce with the Allies that would bring it to an end (effective on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918). From this point on, November 11 became known as Armistice Day and it would not become a national holiday until 1938.
It was not until 1945 that Raymond Weeks—a Birmingham, Alabama native who served during WWII—thought that it would be a really good idea to expand the symbolism of Armistice Day to include all veterans rather than just the ones who served during WWI. General Dwight Eisenhower caught wind of the idea and supported it. A bill was passed through Congress and Eisenhower (by then President of the United States) signed it into law on May 26, 1954—which turned Armistice Day into a commemoration for all veterans. To better represent the meaning of the holiday, Congress amended the law a few days later (June 1) and changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Since then, the United States has celebrated Veterans Day on November 11 with the exception of 1971 to 1977, when it was observed on the last Monday of October due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
Tools for Indianapolis-Area Veterans
If you are a veteran or current military member in the Indianapolis area and would like to connect with other veterans—or need assistance—here are some excellent resources:
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The American Legion US Veterans Association
Indianapolis Regional Benefit Office:
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center:
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (Homeless Veterans):
Homeless Initiative Program:
Celebrate Our Veterans in Indianapolis at the Veterans Day Parade!
One of the best ways to commemorate our veterans is by attending the Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade! It starts at 11:45am on Friday, November 11 and the route includes Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Meridian Streets, and will conclude at North Street. We hope to see you there!
Come Shop at Joe’s Auto Sales!
If you are in need of a high-quality used vehicle, come to our dealership and shop from our extensive inventory! We are located at 3250 W Washington Street in Indianapolis. If you have any questions, or are on the hunt for something in particular, give us a call at 317-243-2269!
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