While in the first half of the 1900s, there were events that honored veterans around Memorial Day, research with the Jersey City Public Library and local historians found that before 2015, Jersey City never had parades for the day. Instead, residents and veterans would attend parades in New York City, Newark, and Hoboken.
Mayor Steven Fulop, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, established the annual parade in 2015.
Veterans Day was first celebrated on Nov. 11, 1921 when an unknown soldier's remains were interned at Arlington National Cemetery, at a site overlooking the Potomac River.
This became a point of reference for veterans throughout the United States giving universal recognition of the end of World War One. The war ended at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 -- the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Armistice Day, as it was known then, became a national holiday in 1926. It was believed then that World War One would be the war to end all wars, something unfortunately disproven when violence again erupted in Europe within a decade, leading eventually to the Second World War.
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, this with the intent of honoring, not only World War One veterans, but all veterans who fought for America.