Right after Halloween, and just before Thanksgiving, is a significant event that sometimes gets overshadowed by more publicized cultural celebrations. This often-overlooked holiday is Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an important event in which the United States takes a day to show gratitude and honor the service of those who have served in all the branches of the military. Here is everything you need to know about this great event to help you make your Veterans Day even more meaningful!
- Veterans Day was initially called Armistice Day, marking the day that ended World War I and the day an Armistice was signed between Germany and the Allied Nations. The Armistice was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day became an important observance set aside to honor all the military veterans that served during World War I.
- In 1926, Congress passed new legislation making Armistice Day observance an annual occasion.
- Since 1938, Veterans Day is a State and a Federal Holiday.
- In 1954, a World War II Veteran named Raymond weeks suggested that Veterans Day honor all veterans from all wars, not just World War 1. At this time the name Armistice Day was changed to 'Veterans Day.'
- Veterans Day celebrating is marked with events honoring veterans including inspirational speeches and parades. On Veterans Day during a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the President or another high ranking government official will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- There are 21.8 million veterans currently in the United States. Of this total number of vets, 1.6 million are female.
- 6.8 million of our veterans served in the Vietnam Era. 5.6 million served in the Persian Gulf War, (1990 to present) 930,000 served in World War II, 1.8 million during the Korean War, and there are 4.3 million veterans who served during peacetime years. The states with the most significant percentage of veterans are California, Texas and Florida.
- Nearly 4 million of our veterans have a service-related disability, meaning they have an injury or illness that occurred because of their military service.
- It is Veterans Day tradition to hold a two-minute period of silence at 11 AM local time.
- Veterans Day is sometimes confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors the military personnel who died while in service of their country and is observed on the fourth Monday in May.
- If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday (like this year), most State and Federal offices will be closed the Friday before the holiday to observe the event.
'We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.' --Ronald Reagan
Veterans Day presents the perfect opportunity to thank all the Veterans in your life for their service. These brave men and women have given so much in the name of service and love for their country. Happy Veterans Day from your friends at Halloween Express!