Veterans Day occurs each year on November 11th. This day honors US veterans and victims of all wars. A veteran symbolizes freedom, sacrifice, and honor.
Brave men and women sacrifice their lives for our country and freedom. Veterans Day helps to give thanks and show appreciation to honor those who have served.
Keep reading for 11 facts you may not have known about Veterans Day!
1. Veterans are people who served in the military (US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.
2. November 11, 1918, signaled the armistice ending World War I and is the reason we honor Veterans on this day every year.
3. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Armistice Day proclamation. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to include all US veterans.
4. Veterans Day does not have an apostrophe. This is because it is a day honoring all veterans, not a day that "belongs" to one veteran or multiple veterans.5. Not all Veterans fought in a war. Members of the military do not always fight overseas to serve their country. Military missions that do not involve war include: protecting U.S. embassies, providing natural disaster relief, and bringing medical assistance to impoverished communities.
6. Several other countries have their own holidays to recognize Veterans, on or around November 11th.
7. According to data from the US Census, there are approximately 17.4 million veterans.
8. Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors those who died while serving, while Veterans Day honors all Veterans.9. Arlington National Cemetery is home to the final resting place of more than 400,000 military servicemen, women, and their families. Every Veterans Day at 11am the Cemetery holds a commemorative ceremony.
10. Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday, and in most states, a state holiday. 11. A moment of silence should be observed on November 11th at 11am to remember those who have served.
A solider has many responsibilities, and it is our responsibility to recognize, appreciate, and honor our veterans. This Veterans Day, don't forget to thank one!
Here are a few ways you can thank a veteran: volunteer at a local veterans' organization, buy a veteran a meal, fly your flag, write a thank you card and mail it, listen to a story about their time in the service. The list goes on and there are many ways to show your appreciation.
How are you going to thank a veteran today?
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