NEW YORK ( TheStreet -- Veterans Day is celebrated every Nov. 11 and has been every year since 1918, except for a few years from 1971 through 1977 when the date of observance was moved. Veterans Day honors Americans that have served in the country's armed forces and the date is significant in that World War I ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.In 1968, a law ensuring three-day weekends for federal holidays was passed and moved Veterans Day to the last Monday in October. The law was enacted in 1971. The significance of the Nov. 11 date however raised ire and confusion around the country, particularly among many still-living World War I vets. Some states disregarded the October holiday and maintained the traditional date. In 1975, President Ford signed a law returning Veterans Day to its traditional Nov. 11 observance nationwide. That law was enacted in 1978.
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