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Veterans day

Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Veterans Day is a federally recognized holiday steeped in historical significance. As Americans, we recognize, celebrate and honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces on November 11th each year.

Brief history of Veterans Day

A special recognition for soldiers who served in World War I was established about a century ago. November 11 was first known as Armistice Day in 1919. This day was selected following the end of World War I – “the war to end all wars” – when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on July 28, 1919 in France.

 

After World War II and America’s later involvement in Korea, the 83rd Congress later renamed the holiday “Veterans Day” in 1954 to appropriately and respectfully honor veterans of all wars.

Key facts to know:

  • Veterans Day is a federal holiday to celebrate US veterans

  • The day honors military personnel for their bravery, patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of their country

  • Our country celebrates Veterans Day on November 11 no matter what day of the week it falls on

  • Originally, the concept for the day's celebration was to be a suspension of business with parades and public meetings

  • Special ceremonies are held in schools, churches, government buildings, etc.

Veterans do so much for their country while asking for little in return. Remember their sacrifices for freedom.

Take a moment to say “thank you” to a veteran in your life today.

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