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Veterans Day Remembered and Facts too

trophy point at west point for veterans dayVeterans Day history and facts about the holiday.

Veterans Day is a holiday celebrated on November 11th; it celebrates the service of all men and women in our U.S. military.  Its origins date back to the ending of World War I.  Veterans Day began as a way to honor those who died in “the war to end all wars”.  World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.  Unofficially, there was a cease fire or armistice agreed upon seven months earlier on November 11, 1918.  It was on this day of the cease fire, the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month that Veterans Day was born.

Originally referred to as Armistice Day, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 1919 as its first commemoration.

On May 13, 1938, “Armistice Day” was declared a legal holiday to be celebrated on November 11th.   This holiday honored veterans of World War I, but as time went by it was evident that Armistice Day missed those veterans from both World War II and the Korean War.

At the urge of veteran service organizations, congress amended the 1938 Act.  On June 1, 1954, Armistice Day was replaced by Veterans Day, and became a holiday that honored all U.S. veterans.

Today Veterans Day is a holiday to celebrate all American veterans for their patriotism.  We honor the men and women for their bravery and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Facts about Veterans Day:

1.  Veterans Day was originally celebrated through parades and public meetings. Earlier concept for this celebration included a suspension of business at 11 am.

2.  Red poppies were symbolic of WWI, countries like the United Kingdom and Canada sell them on Remembrance Day to raise money for Veterans.

3.  Canada, Great Britain, France and Australia celebrate their own version of Veterans Day.  The holiday is referred to by other names (i.e.. Remembrance Day in Canada), but the date in which it is celebrated falls close to November 11th.

4.  Veterans Day is generally spelled without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran’s or Veterans’).

5.  19.6 million Veterans recorded in 2013.

6.  Some people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all men and women in our U.S. military while Memorial Day honors the men and women who died in service to our country.

trophy point at west point for veterans day trophy point at west point for veterans day

Photos of Trophy Point at The United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Webpage References:

http://www.va.gov

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

http://www.military.com

http://www.history.com

http://www.census.gov

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  1. Thanks for honoring our brave men and women who’ve served our nation.

    Cheers!☺️

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