*WWI ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
*Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of WWI.
*The first Armistice Day was celebrated 11/11/1919.
*All business was suspended for two minutes at 11 am on Nov. 11th.
*At 11:00 am, every Veterans Day, a Color Guard ceremony represents all branches of the military at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
*In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor all veterans rather than only WWI veterans.
*For seven years, Veterans Day was celebrated in October. In 1968, Congress moved it to the 4th Monday in October to give Americans a 3 day weekend.
*In 1975, President Ford moved it back to November 11th because of its historical significance.
*What’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Memorial Day honors those who have died fighting for our country while Veterans Day honors all who have served.
*The US census bureau estimates there are currently 21 million living military veterans in the US. More than 16 million served during times of war.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice!