Veterans Day is a major day of remembrance honoring the troops that serve our country. We usually celebrate this holiday with parades and getting the day off from school or work. Here is some history and information about this holiday to think about as you celebrate Veterans Day this year.
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day on November 11th is a day to remember the unofficial end of the First World War. While the war officially ended seven months later with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, fighting actually ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11th) of 1918 when an armistice—a cessation of hostilities—was declared between the Allied Powers and Germany. November 11th was commemorated as Armistice Day. While it was celebrated annually, it was not until 1938 that is became a legal federal holiday. This day, both then and now, carries historical and patriotic significance for many Americans.
Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day
After the end of WW1, this day was known as Armistice Day to remember the cessation of fighting. After WW2 and Vietnam saw the greatest support and people serving in the war efforts, they amended the act that made Armistice Day a legal holiday. They changed Armistice to Veterans, as to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day all around the world
Britain, Australia, France, and Canada also celebrate on November 11th as a way to commemorate the veterans of WW1 and WW2. Canada has Remembrance Day and Britain has Remembrance Sunday as official days to observe this holiday. In most of Europe, it is common to observe a two minute silence at 11 a.m. every November 11th.
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