Why is Veterans day on November 11th?
Veterans Day was initiated after the end of World War I in 1918. It was a way of celebrating all who were lost and all who served during the war to end all wars. On the 11th month, on the 11th day, and at the 11th hour, the fighting on both sides had stopped. An armistice which means a temporary cessation of hostiles, was called in order between the allied nations and Germany. Woodrow Wilson coined the name Armistice Day to celebrate the Veterans who served in WWI each year.
The first anniversary of Armistice Day included public gatherings, parades, and a moment of silence at 11 am.
Seven months later, on June 28th, 1919, the treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending the most destructive war in history at the time.
When was the name Veterans Day established?
In 1945 a man by the name of Raymond Weeks stated that Armistice Day should celebrate by all Veterans, not just those who served in World War I.
In 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Veterans Day in 2022
According to the US Census, there are 19 million Veterans alive today that are 18 and older. 13 million of them are 50 and older.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday where some schools and businesses are closed. Many businesses are actually open on Veterans Day and offer discounts or free items to Veterans.
Some of the well-known chains that offer discounts to Veterans are:
- Applebee’s offers a free full-size entrée
- Bob Evans offers a special menu free for Veterans
- Dunkin Donuts offers a free donut
- Krispy Crème offers a free donut and coffee
There are many other free options for Veterans available see more here.
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“2022 Veterans in America” aarp.org. November 11, 2022. https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/life/info-2022/united-states-veterans-state-reports-2022.html
“2022 Veterans Day Discounts” legion.org. November 11, 2022. https://www.legion.org/veteransday/257414/2022-veterans-day-discounts
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