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Happy Veterans Day - 11 facts about 11/11

Posted by Debbora Woods on 11/11/14 9:00 AM


Today is November 11, Veterans Day.

A day when we honor all American veterans, living and dead, and thank living veterans we know - and see - who have served in the United States armed services.

But how much do you really know about this historic day? Here are eleven facts you may not know:

  1. Veterans Day and Memorial Day are commonly confused. Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service, while Veterans Day thanks all American veterans - living or dead.
  2. The origin of Veterans Day - The armistice ending World War I began in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11the day of the 11th month.
  3. Armistice Day was first celebrated in November 1919, one year after the armistice went into effect.
  4. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as the fist Armistice Day celebration.
  5. Armistice Day become a legal holiday in 1938 when Congress made November 11 an annual legal holiday.
  6. In 1954, after World War II, President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name to Veterans Day, to honor veterans of all American wars.
  7. At 11 a.m. on November 11, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a color guard with members of every military branch renders honors to America's war dead and the United States president, or a representative, places a wreath at the tomb while a bugler sounds taps.
  8. All federal offices and many schools and businesses are closed to observe the holiday.
  9. There are approximately 23.2 million United States veterans.
  10. Celebrating its 84th anniversary this year, America's Parade in New York City is the largest U.S. event celebrating Veterans Day.
  11. Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11.

Want more great information about Veterans Day? Check out the articles, videos, and speeches on the History website>>

And, thank you to our veterans - Schoolwires honors and supports you!

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