11 Facts About Veterans Day

  1. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th.
  2. The holiday honors anyone who has served in the United States armed services.
  3. The holiday started in 1919 when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be Armistice Day.
  4. The first celebration of Armistice Day marked the one year anniversary of the end of World War I.
  5. Armistice Day became a federal holiday in 1938.
  6. 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.
  7. In 1968 the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday of October, but was later moved back to November 11th in 1978.
  8. All federal offices and many schools and businesses are closed in observance of the holiday.
  9. Veterans Day coincides with many other countries’ celebration of Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. These holidays also commemorate the end of World War I.
  10. There are approximately 23.2 million veterans in the United States that the holiday honors.
  11. 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

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