Veterans Day honors men and women who have served in the United States armed services. It is celebrated on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918). The end of World War I was officially at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day in 1926 and made a national holiday in 1938. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the holiday to “Veterans Day” to honor all those who have served America’s armed services.
In 1921 – prior to the day being designated as Armistice Day or Veterans Day – an unknown soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 11th. Every year on Veterans Day there are appropriate ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
Other countries also observe November 11th. Prior to 1921, England and France had buried an unknown soldier from World War I on November 11th in each of the countries “highest place of honor”. Canada, Australia and New Zealand observe November 11th as Remembrance Day to honor those who have died in war. The United Kingdom celebrates Remembrance Day on the Sunday closest to November 11th.
Honor those who have served by flying a bright, fresh U.S. flag with pride and dignity on November 11th
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