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I remember hearing somewhere that Veterans Day started in Kansas. Is this true?

In 1938 Congress passed a bill that each Nov. 11 would be celebrated as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I. After World War II, there were many new veterans with no association to the first war.

In 1953 in Emporia there was a Veterans Day observance, which led Kansas Congressman Ed Rees, of Emporia, to introduce a bill to change the name to Veterans Day. The name was changed by Congress on May 24, 1954.


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