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.
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
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"
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
* 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
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