The first Armistice Day in the U.S. occurred on November 11, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson declared that "to us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory. ... " Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday by Congress nearly 20 years later. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day, following a national campaign to have the day honor all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. It is also 11/11/11 Are you doing anything special for today? I will be going to the cemetary today to visit my friend who was killed November 13th, 2007 when an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted combat operations in Mukhisa, Iraq. RIP, Pete <3 You are missed.