Veterans Day Timeline by National Today . Today we offer our sincere gratitude to all our veterans. Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson, a year after the end of World War I. Today, the United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on August 4, 2001, designated the week of November 11 through November 17, 2001, as National Veterans Awareness Week. The resolution called for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.