As we take today to pause and thank those who have fought to defend our freedom, we wanted to share some interesting factoids about Veteran’s Day. What will you do today to say your thank yous and remembrances?
1. The significance of the date commemorates the end of WWI. The oft quoted “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” was the official time of the cessation of arms in 1918.
2. Became a national holiday in 1938.
3. Veteran’s Day was originally known as Armistice Day. Dwight Eisenhower made the name switch in 1954 to encompass all Veteran’s, not just those of WWI.
4. Between 1971 and 1974, Veteran’s day was moved to the 4th Monday in October. President Ford moved the date back in 1975 due to the significant historical importance of WWI ending on November 11th 1919.
5. Four other countries also commemorate their veteran’s on or near November 11th. Britain, France, Australia, and Canada.
6. Similar to the US, in Europe, Britain, and the commonwealth countries, its customary practice to observe two minutes of silence at 11am every November 11th.
7. In 2010 there were 21.8 million veterans in the US. Of that number 1.6 million were female, and 9 millions were 65 and older.
Thank you to all the veterans, both past and present, for the sacrifices you have made.
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
Michel de Montaigne