The 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of World War I in 1918 when Germany signed an armistice with the Allied nations, ending what was also known as the "Great War." The following year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day as Armistice Day. The day was to include parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of businesses beginning at 11 a.m. Due to the increased involvement and mobilization of troops in World War II (1941–1945) several service organizations requested the day to be changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. On June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation honoring all war veterans. Another development to the holiday unfolded when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday’s Bill, intended to create three-day weekends for federal employees, thus changing the holiday to the fourth Monday in October. Under this new law the first Veteran’s Day was celebrated on Monday 25, 1971, and caused much confusion among Americans and many states continued celebrating the holiday on its original date. In 1975, it was clear that the actual day carried a historical and patriotic significance amongst Americans. This caused President Gerald R. Ford to sign a new law restoring Veteran’s Day to November 11 in 1978. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday it’s observed on the previous Friday or the following Monday. Sere President Wilson’s message (pictured) about Armistice Day and papers showing how the day was to be celebrated.