Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Perhaps you will have the day off from work or school and you will also likely notice that some businesses are closed. Aside from being a nice extension to your weekend, what exactly is Veterans Day and what does this holiday commemorate? Here are some interesting facts about Veterans Day that you may want to know!
- Veterans Day does not have an apostrophe in it, even though this is a common misspelling. In English language terms, Veterans Day does not belong to Veterans but rather is a day set aside to honor them, thus the correct spelling is Veterans not Veteran’s.
- Veterans Day is always officially observed on November the 11th, commemorating the moment when Germany signed the armistice, a treaty with the Allied Nations that would slow the war hostilities of WWII. The armistice was signed in the 11th month on the 11th day, during the 11th hour. This year November 11th falls on a Monday. If the 11th falls on another day of the week, often some businesses and schools will choose to close on the nearest Friday or Monday.
- Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day and was originally used to honor only the veterans of WWI.
- Veterans day is a federal and a state holiday.
- Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, but there are important differences. Memorial Day is a holiday designed to remember those who died while in service of their country, sometimes from wounds sustained during battle. Veterans Day is a day to honor all those honorable men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and is particularly designed to thank those that are still living and to acknowledge their service.
- In June of 1954, the United States changed the name of this important holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day and also changed the meaning of the celebration to honor all men and women serving in the armed forces.
- There are approximately 21.2 million living veterans! Approximately 1.6 of these vets are women.
- 400,000 members of the armed forces died during WWII.
- 71% of Veterans cast their vote on Election Day. Compare that to the less than 60% of the general population.
- More living veterans served in Vietnam than in any other war. There are 7.6 million living Vietnam era vets currently living in the United States.
- The U.S. Postal Service is the largest employer of veterans.
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