In 1919, President Wilson established Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the armistice (November 11, 1918), which brought World War I to an end. Originally, it was recognized as a day of tribute to the veterans and the dead of this war.
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and extending the tribute to the veterans and dead of all wars.
Veterans Day celebrations in the United States include parades, speeches and floral tributes placed on servicemen´s graves or memorials. Special services are held at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. To Americans, the Unknown Soldier symbolizes all servicemen who have died in defense of their country.