Today is VETERAN’S DAY. (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans. It was established by President Woodrow Wilson to be observed on the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the ending of World War I a year earlier on this date. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of WWI. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.