What do we actually know about Veteran’s Day? We know that the holiday falls in the month of November, schools and businesses have the day off, and there are massive sales nationwide on products ranging from clothing to cars. We know that Veteran’s Day is a day to honor veterans, and another way we do that is through college funding for veterans and their family members. What many people don’t know is the significance of such a day. To start, Veteran’s Day was not always Veteran’s Day. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day marked the first anniversary to the end of World War I. This day did not become the nationally recognized day it is now until 1938, nearly 20 years later. Different from Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day is here to give thanks and pay tribute to all American Veterans. To honor those, living or dead, that gave back so much to the American people.
America is not the only country to celebrate a version of Veterans Day. Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
Today California has almost two million registered Veterans living in the state, followed closely by Texas and Florida. Other interesting facts include that seven million veterans served in the Vietnam War, six million Veterans have served during peacetime, and two million Veterans are women.
Veterans and those that serve come from all walks of life, and are important pillars in our community. We celebrate this day in many different ways, from giving back to those communities, holding fundraisers, parades, and much more. Give back on Veterans Day, and remember that without brave men and women across the globe we would not be where we are today.
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