A brief history of what Veterans Day is here and around the world

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. 

Veterans Day is a federal holiday here in the United States, observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.

This day is an important day that many around the world set aside to honor and show appreciation for ALL who have served in the military—in wartime or peacetime, living, or deceased.

In Canada, this day is called Remembrance Day. There, the holiday is more similar to Memorial Day than Veterans Day, Memorial Day honors veterans who have died in service to their country.

In England and much of Europe they wear red “Remembrance Poppies” in the days leading up to the 11th. These poppies been trademarked by veteran’s associations  particularly in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations, where sales fund the associations’ services. In  Australia and New Zealand, they are also worn on Anzac Day.

It wasn’t until 1938, November 11 became a legal holiday by an act of Congress.

In 1954, this federal hoiday was changed from “Armistice” to “Veterans” Day.

Although this holiday initially honored those who perished in service to their country, when the holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day, it became a day to honor ALL the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

That’s a brief history and backstory on the holiday and, to all those who served we say thank you.

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