Forever Grateful For Protecting Our Freedom - Happy Veterans Day

Veterans Day was created to honor and pay respect to all the men and women that have served our nation.

The holiday was originally called "Armistice Day" and was first celebrated Nov. 11, 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

But it was not until 1926 that Congress passed a resolution to observe the day and it became a national holiday in 1938. Curious about when Armistice Day became Veterans Day?

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the appropriate legislation to have the name changed to ensure every individual that served in all American wars would be celebrated.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 21.2 million military veterans in the U.S. as of 2012.