Students at American Preparatory Academy in West Valley City kicked off Veterans Day on Monday with the first of six events to honor Utah’s service members this week.

During the events, scheduled over the next several days, students at the academy’s locations in West Valley City, Draper and Salem, will thank veterans for their service through songs and speeches. Each veteran will receive a commemorative pin and handwritten thank-you letter from a student at the academy.

According to, Veterans Day, which is Thursday, originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938.

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The name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.  

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