The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
...when there are vets out there that did so much more.
Make no mistake, I'm proud of the years I spent in Uncle Sam's Giant Canoe Club, but I did what I did for love of my country, not because I ever expected anyone to thank me for it. And it feels a little funny to accept the thanks.
There are a lot of guys that did a lot more, risked a lot more and suffered at lot more. This country was seldom in active combat while I served between 1985 and 1994 but I witnessed my share of accidents in the air and on the ground. I got away with nothing more serious than some high frequency hearing loss and a few stories of close calls. Many, many others gave much more. There were few cruise books that didn't have a memorial page in the back listing those that died while at sea and for every death there were a dozen serious injuries, some with life-long disabilities attached.
If your average vet doesn't say much about the thanks given him (or her) it's because he probably knows someone that deserves it so much more.
So, for me, Veteran's Day is a day to give thanks to those vets disabled in service to our country. If you want to thank us, thank them.