Facts about Veterans Day
Veterans Day is annually held on November 11. The holiday pays tribute to all soldiers that served in the US military forces. People thank veterans for their service to the country. Despite the fact that the holiday mainly commemorates the day when the World War I came to an end, it thanks and honors all veterans who took part in other wars as well. Originally, the holiday was known as Armistice Day, but in 1954 it was officially changed into Veterans Day by the President Eisenhower. Still, 1947 is regarded as the earliest date when the national holiday was celebrated.
Church services and parades are organized in all cities around the country. Before the official opening of the parade, people commemorate the deceased with a two-minute silence.
Interesting Facts Connected with Veterans Day
- Veterans Day is celebrated on the same day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in the other countries.
- The formal end of World War I is regarded to be at 11 o’clock on the 11th of November (which is also the eleventh month of the year).
- When the holiday was originally known as Armistice Day, it paid tribute to the military soldiers that died during World War I. Later, however, it was decided to honor all veterans who belong to the US military forces.
- Veterans Day is often mistaken with Memorial Day. Still, one should remember that Memorial Day honors only those soldiers who died during their service in the military, whereas Veterans Day pays tribute to both alive and deceased veterans who served in the US forces.
- This holiday is considered both as a state and federal holiday.
- There are nearly 24 million veterans still alive today.
- Nearly 400,000 US soldiers are estimated to have been killed during World War II.
- It was estimated that in 2011 nearly 8.1% of veterans living in the United States are female.
- Almost 35% of veterans still living served in the US military during the times of the Vietnam War.
- On average, those who have served in the military in the United States, including men and women, earn more than those who have not served.
Actually, there is no apostrophe in Veterans Day. However, some people spell it either Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day.