History of Veterans Day

The First Parade

On September 10th, 1919 an army marched down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Roughly 25,000 uniformed men led by a legendary general tramped along one of the city’s main thoroughfares as scores of people looked on and cheered. 

The marchers were all men of the American Expeditionary Forces with their commander, General John “Black Jack” Pershing, at their head. And after serving in the brutal combat of the world’s deadliest conflict thus far, they had finally come home. It would later be known as the first ever Veterans Day Parade, although the date would change and the very concept of Veterans Day was a few decades off. But what is today an annual event celebrating our nation’s veterans with all the pomp, solemnity, and excitement they deserve traces its roots back to that day in 1919.

Celebrating the Armistice

When the guns of World War One at last fell silent at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918, no one in the trenches or at home in the dozens of countries who had sent their armies to the front doubted the momentousness of the occasion. But there was more shock than celebration at the start of the Armistice. After so many years of ceaseless warfare, the idea that it ended at last and so suddenly was more a source of awe than jubilation.

But by the fall of 1919, most of the troops had finally returned home and the world was ready to celebrate at last. The Treaty of Versailles, officially ending the war, was signed in June and the reality of peace’s return to the globe had sunk in. America wanted to express their jubilation and appreciation for the two million of their fellow citizens who served in the war. And the first ones who got the chance to do so, at least en masse, were those tens of thousands of New Yorkers who hailed Pershing and his soldiers as they walked or rode the five miles from 107th Street to Washington Square Park.

Seven days later, Pershing led another march of his fellow WWI veterans through the nation’s capital, along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. He followed that with a speech to Congress, which had recently awarded him the rank of General of the Armies of the United States. The equivalent of a six star general, Pershing remains the only man to be promoted to such a rank during his lifetime. The only other man to receive it, albeit posthumously, was George Washington. Needless to say, it was a high honor in recognition of Pershing’s diligent and courageous service in the Great War. And a momentous part in the greater air of celebration aimed at all the Americans who had courageously served under him.

The Evolution of Veterans Day

A noble precedent of celebrating America’s veterans as a nation was set over those joyous days in 1919. Less than a month after the D.C. parade, President Woodrow Wilson publicly recognized November 11th, 1919, the one year anniversary fighting’s end, as Armistice Day. In 1938, Congress made it a federal holiday. And in 1954, to reflect the millions of men and women who had served in defense of the United States in the conflicts since the end of WWI, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day. Whatever the minor changes to name and scope, the parades kept marching each and every year. And so they continue today, in small towns and big cities, up main streets and down Fifth Avenue, giving us all a chance to salute those Americans who were called upon to don the uniforms of our armed forces.

Military Deals

Veteran Resources


According to the NIH, an average of 22 American veterans commit suicide every day. This grim statistic is what prompted a national nonprofit, Vets Lives Matter Now, and a Georgia based wellness company, Healthy Place Botanicals™ to team up and provide a building that addresses the myriad of reasons our
veterans are struggling with mental and physical health issues. The building, aptly
named Veterans Healthy Place, will be the largest non-government facility in the
country and will honor all branches of the military.

MedExpress is proud to announce that we’re now an authorized urgent care provider for veterans. We’re open 8-8, so just walk in to get hassle-free treatment – no appointment necessary. Because if you served our country, you should have access to quality, convenient, and affordable care. Learn about the mission act.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. 

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through our network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide. 

Home & Loan

VA housing assistance can help Veterans, service members, and their surviving spouses to buy a home or refinance a loan. Find out how to apply for and manage the Veterans housing assistance benefits you’ve earned. 

The Power of Your VA Home Loan Benefit VA Loans are a powerful lending option in the market, offering military and veteran home-buyers the ability to purchase a home with major benefits, like no money down and no private mortgage insurance. Aligned Mortgage, Not Just Another Lender…

VA provides grants to Servicemembers and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. Two grant programs exist: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, refer him or her to a local VA Medical Center, where VA staff are ready to help. Veterans and their families can also contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET to be connected to VA services. 


Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.

Your Veteran employment career service.

Need help finding work? Separating from service? Get started today!

Learn how your organization can receive an award from the U.S. Department of Labor for hiring America’s veterans.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative launched in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to connect veterans, service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.


United Veterans War Council: Let’s All March Together as Grateful Supportive Americans In the 100th Annual New York City Veterans Day Parade.                                         

A Marine Corps veteran’s tips on dealing with PTSD, whether you’re a sufferer or a loved one, in honor of PTSD Awareness Day.    

On November 11th, the anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI, America honors Veterans Day. Here are some inspiring tidbits to commemorate the occasion.

In honor of Veterans Day 2019, we’ve compiled some of the best and biggest bargains, deals, and discounts for the holiday.


A 120K square foot building will be the largest facility to provide specialized mental physical healthcare exclusively for veterans, active-duty military, and military families with the goal of reducing the tragically high suicide rate in the military community.


AHRN kicked off our first ever Military Member Webinar! We partnered with AHRN Military VA Lender, Tony Dias, & Certified Real Estate Agent, Laurie Bartlett, to deliver you all the important VA Loan must-know’s.

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