Veteran’s Day–November 11

Did you know that Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day until 1954 when President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday?

Did you know that, unlike Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day honors all veterans from all wars (living or dead)?

Did you know that Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I? Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Did you know that Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November)?

Did you know that in Europe, Great Britain, and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11?

Do you know how many countries have Tombs of the Unknown Soldier? After 1945 it became a global phenomenon. Today more than 50 countries have a war memorial housing the remains of an unidentified soldier. These tombs have become national shrines.

17 thoughts on “Veteran’s Day–November 11”

  1. Thanks for explaining Veteran’s Day Pat. To avoid any confusion, and as you rightly pointed out, here in the UK it is still called Armistice Day. The armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and every year on the same day at the same time (11.00 on the 11th Nov) a 2 minutes silence is held throughout the nation when people stop whatever they’re doing (or supposed to) and stand still for 2 minutes.

    Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November which can be a different date each year. There’s a service to remember all those that have lost their lives in defence of our country, not just the two World Wars. Sometimes people refer to Armistice Day as Remembrance Day which can become confusing.

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          1. Brilliant, GP. Reminds me of the opening portion of the Army intro movie at the new Museum of the Army at Ft Belvoir, which includes the Old Guard drill team and a recitation of the Army values. If you get to VA, you might want to visit it. It’s about 45 minutes north on I-95 from the Museum of the Marine Corps which is older and even more impressive.

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  2. Fine post, Pat. I found out from Beetly Pete that England not only honors the day on 11/11 but a huge parade to honor it is held in London on the closest Sunday to 11/11. So they have 2 days to honor the holiday.

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