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Veteran's Day
Federal
Duty, Honor, Country

When: November 11th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Visiting cemeteries to pay respects and remember veterans.  Wreath laying at national monuments to commemorate important battles.  

Numbers

The WW1 Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the11th month at the 11th hour. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics,  over 389,000 of the millions of Americans who served in World War II are still alive.

Description

Veterans Day is different than the other federally recognized holiday, in that the focus is more about honoring all the accomplishments and individuals that severed in the armed forces, not only those who have been deceased.  Originally called "Armistice Day" which is also the term that is used to describe the truce ending the first world war.  A powerful letter was written by President Woodrow Wilson to citizens of the United States to describe Americans resolve and the gratitude for the sacrifices that many people had made that led to the signing of the Armistice.  A few years later on May 13,  1938 President Coolidge made the holiday official and known as "Armistice Day".  Later the name was changed to Veterans Day to also celebrate individuals that should be honored to include other Veterans that didn't serve during WW1 but in other wars and campaigns.  In June 1954 made the change officially and the holiday has been known as Veterans Day every since.

Interesting Facts

  1. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there should be no apostrophe in Veterans Day, because its not a day that belongs to Veterans but the term is meant to honor all Veterans.
  2. The holiday is also referred to as "Armistice Day".
  3. Many people confuse Veterans Day with another holiday Memorial Day.
  4. Every year at 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Arlington National Cemetery.
  5. The first Veterans Day parade was held in Birmingham, Alabama in 1947

Information

Observed:
  • November 11th
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