As we look forward to Veteran’s Day this week, it is important to know the history and why in fact we celebrate this glorious holiday. While you may be familiar with what this holiday stands for, there may be some facts that you’ll have learned after reading this blog.
The date was November 11th, 1919 when Veteran’s Day originated as “Armistice Day” which marked the first anniversary of the end of World War One. Then in 1926 congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veteran’s Day pays tribute to all American veterans- living or dead- but especially gives thanks to living veterans who’ve served our country during war and or peacetime. Memorial Day on the other hand, remembers all who have died while serving our country. Below you’ll find some important Veteran’s Days facts that describe the past and present of this holiday.
Veteran’s Day Facts:
- 1954 president Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changes the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.
- Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate veterans of World War One and World War Two on or near November 11th.
- Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday of November.
- Currently there are around 2.1 million women veterans in our country.
- 1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
- 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
So, as you are out-n-about at the grocery store, running errands, or taking the kids to school, be sure to stop and thank a local veteran if you should happen to see one! Have a very Happy Veteran’s Day everybody!