On February 8, 1954, Congressman Edward Rees (R-KS) introduced H.R. 7786, an act to honor veterans on the 11th day of November of each year, a day dedicated to world peace. Previously, November 11 had served as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I and its veterans. With Rep. Rees leading the charge, Congress voted to extend the day of remembrance and thanks to all veterans. Speaking on the floor, Rep. Rees told the House that he had introduced the bill so that “a grateful nation may pay proper homage to all its veterans who have contributed so much to the cause of world peace and the preservation of our way of life.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on June 1, 1954. In 1966, Veterans Day was moved from November 11 to the fourth Monday in October. With the support of the general public, the holiday was moved back to its original November 11 date by Congress and the President in 1978.
H.R. 7786, SEN 83A-C4, Records of the U.S. Senate (ARC 1157550)