Veterans Day is one of ten federal holidays that is recognized nationwide by the United States Government.  It is celebrated every November 11th and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military.  Veterans Day day is a remembrance of all U.S. military veterans - past and present.  Congress made it an official holiday with the passage of the National Holiday Act in 1971.

Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day.  It was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I.  On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect.  On November 11, 1919 Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.  President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory".

On  In 1926, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared the anniversary of the armistice be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.  They also issued a proclamation that all officials display the U.S. flag on all government buildings on November 11th. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". 

Of our 45 presidents, over half of them have served in the military.  Up until World War 11, the majority of our presidents served in the Army.  Since then, most served in the Navy.

Following are some interesting facts about the veteran population of the United States:
    *  16.1 million living veterans served in at least one war.
    *  5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
    *  2 million veterans are women.
    *  7 million veterans served in the Vietnam War.
    *  5.5 million veterans served in the Persian Gulf War.

Veterans Day is a sacred American holiday that is often celebrated with somber remembrances and ceremonies.  Every year on November 11th, a ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate this holiday.  During this ceremony, the President of the United States places a wreath on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.  Many small towns and cities all over the US hold parades and various ceremonies and activities in honor of our Veterans


Presidents who served in the Military