November 11, 2015
Today we celebrate and honor the brave men and women who fought and continue to fight for the freedom of this Country. As we honor our nation's Veterans, here are some interesting facts you may not have known about this day:
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, being the anniversary of when World War I officially ended. (World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month.)
In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Initially, the holiday was in homage to the soldiers who fought in World War I. However, as the 20th century continued and more wars came, the focus broadened.
7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in Veterans Day. Still, some spell it Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day.
Thank you, Veterans, for all of your service!
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