11 Facts About Veterans Day
- Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th.
- The holiday honors anyone who has served in the United States armed services.
- The holiday started in 1919 when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be Armistice Day.
- The first celebration of Armistice Day marked the one year anniversary of the end of World War I.
- Armistice Day became a federal holiday in 1938.
- In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the holiday through Congress and changing the name to Veterans Day to include all veterans, not just those of World War I.
- In 1968 the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday of October, but was later moved back to November 11th in 1978.
- All federal offices and many schools and businesses are closed in observance of the holiday.
- Veterans Day coincides with many other countries’ celebration of Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. These holidays also commemorate the end of World War I.
- There are approximately 23.2 million veterans in the United States that the holiday honors.
- America’s Parade in New York City is the largest event in the nation celebrating Veterans Day. This year is the parade’s 84th anniversary!
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Sources: CNN , The History Channel , US Department of Veteran Affairs