One of the most popular federal holidays of US is the Veterans Day. Observed on the 11 of November every year, Veterans Day is dedicated to all those brave souls who have risked their lives for the freedom of their nation. It is celebrated to honor and dignify the war veterans who have fought for their nation. Unlike Memorial Day, this day is celebrated to applaud war veterans who are serving in the US military forces at present. If the day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, it is celebrated on the adjacent Friday or Monday. All schools and federal offices remain closed on the day. If you are interested in knowing more about the history of Veterans Day, then do have a look at the below-stated Veterans Day Facts that we have gathered.Don’t Miss Veterans Day images and Veterans day Thanks You quotes on our homepage.
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- Veterans Day was previously called as Armistice Day. It is also celebrated by the name Remembrance Day in many countries like the Commonwealth of Nations (except Mozambique). It is also observed by the name Anzac Day in some countries. They all fall on the 11th of November.
- Armistice Day celebration started right after the end of World War I to honor the soldiers who died fighting in it. But after WWI, war veteran Raymond Weeks suggested that the day is celebrated not only for veterans who died in WWI but for all war veterans who are currently serving in the US Army. So, 26th of May, 1954, the day was officially renamed as Veterans Day.
- Raymond Weeks was awarded with the Presidential Citizenship Medal from Ronald Reagan in the year 1982. Raymond Weeks led the celebration of Armistice/ Veterans Day from the year 1947 until 1985 when he died.
- Only a few might be knowing this but Veterans Day was not always celebrated on the 11th of November. In the year 1971, Veterans Day began to be observed on the fourth Monday of October. But it created quite a lot of confusion. So, it was brought back to 11th of November celebration pattern in the year 1978.
- With the renaming of the Armistice Day as Veterans Day, a National Veterans Award was also introduced. The first National Veterans Award was awarded to Congressman Ed Rees of Kansas who received the award for his contribution towards making Veterans Day a federal holiday.
- Did you know that Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are just a day apart? US Armed forces observe both the days as a 96-hour long liberty period.
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Some Sad Fact About Veterans Day
- Roughly about 400,000 members of the United States Armed forces were killed during World War II.
- On an average 35% of the veterans living today had served in the United States military during the Vietnam War. Many of them were severely injured in the war but are still alive to tell their stories to the world. On a positive note for war veterans, those who have served in the US Armed forces, both men and women, earn more than citizens who have not served.
- 1 million living veterans in the United States of America have served during at least one war.
- Out of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), only about 620,000 are still alive.
- Giving all war veterans proper medical and health care facilities was quite tough back then as the number of injured veterans was very high. In the year 1930, there were only 54 hospitals under VA Health Care Systems. But gradually conditions improved and now there are 171 medical centers; more than 350 clinics; 126 nursing home care units and 35 live-in care facilities have been established for the injured or disabled vets under it.
If you are wondering why veterans are important, then think a bit about it…the freedom you are enjoying today is because of them only.
Our celebration of Veterans Day is merely nothing in front of the struggle and atrocities that the war veterans of US army had to face. Many of them are disabled now and are undergoing physical therapy. Their social life is hampered because of their career. So honoring them for their bravery and service towards their nation is the least we can do for them.
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