On Veterans Day We Honor our Military

The History of Veterans Day

Although the signing of the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I on June 28, 1919, the fighting ceased several months prior to that, when an armistice between the Allies and Germany went into effect at the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on November 11, 1918.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, a day to honor those who served in World War I. However, with the greatest mobilization of Armed Forces during World War II, and millions more serving in the Korean War, Veterans’ service organizations lobbied for a change. In 1954 Congress approved the recommendation and replaced the world “Armistice” with “Veterans.” On June 1, 1954, November 11 was proclaimed Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars for their patriotism and bravery in serving our country.

How Our Country Celebrates

Each year the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery. At exactly 11:00 am, a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and is followed by a parade of colors and speeches. Throughout the country, Veterans march in parades, and ceremonies take place in both small towns and large cities.

Interesting Facts About Veterans and Veterans Day

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Bill, changing the date of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October beginning in 1971. However, because of the significance of the date, Veterans Day was moved back to November 11 in 1978.

Several other countries honor their World War I and World War II Veterans each year. Britain celebrates Remembrance Day on the second Sunday of November, while Canada honors their Veterans on Remembrance Day on November 11.  France and Australia also commemorate their Veterans around the 11th of November.

According to recent statistics, there are 18.5 million US Veterans. 9.2 million of those Veterans are over the age of 65.

There are only three states that are home to more than 1 million Veterans:  California (1.8 million); Florida (1.5 million); Texas (1.7 million).

An American soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 1921. As his identity was unknown, his gravesite is known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On each Veterans Day, a wreath is placed on his grave by the President or a high-ranking government member.

Veterans Day is occasionally misspelled. It does not include an apostrophe because it is not a day that belongs to veterans but a day that honors veterans.

Veterans Commemoratives is proud to honor our Veterans and to thank them for their services to our country. On November 11, please join us in celebrating our Veterans and letting them know that we appreciate their bravery and their patriotism in order to keep our country safe. Thank you.

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