In 1953, Al King, a shoe store owner in Emporia, Kansas began an effort to make November 11 honor ALL Veterans and in 1954, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day.
Members of the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association chose to show their appreciation to Veterans by providing at least one room on Nevember 10, 2009 to anyone with a valid Military ID - showing the ID was payment for that night. November 10 was chosen so the Veteran and guest would be on-site for any activities on Veterans Day, November 11.
In 2010, West Virginia invited bed & breakfasts and inn "from sea to shing sea" to join them. By November 10, 2010, 900 B & Bs and Inns in the United States, 11 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, and one each in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Paris, France, and Namibia were participating in B & Bs For Vets to show gratitude and appreciation to the military - past and present - for keeping freedom alive. Each participaring inn provided a minimum of one room FREE OF CHARGE on the night of November 10 to anyone providing a Military or Veterans Administration ID. It also gave the opportunity to thank the "unsung heroes", the spouses and partners of the Veterans who shoulder all the responsibilities on the homefront during deployments or a war.
November 10, 2011, participating innkeepers are again offering B & Bs For Vets. BBCanada is also honoring their military with B & Bs For Vets Canada.