Originating as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919 to celebrate the first anniversary of World War I’s end, Veterans Day is one of our most important holidays. Unlike Memorial Day, this day of celebration and remembrance is a tribute to veterans both living and deceased.
At Brandsymbol, we take part in celebrating and honoring our nation’s heroes. To mark this special day, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about Veterans Day and its history. Get ready for a history lesson!
- Veterans Day happens every November 11th to commemorate the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, which is when World War I came to an end. However, Veterans Day honors the brave men and women who served in all wars, not just World War I.
- Other countries also commemorate their World War I and II veterans around this time; Canada has Remembrance Day and the United Kingdom has Remembrance Sunday, which takes place on the second Sunday of November.
- In most of Europe and the United Kingdom, it is common practice to have two minutes of silence at 11:00 am on November 11th to honor those that fell serving their countries during World War I and World War II.
- Every Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery holds a special memorial service to honor the United States’ veterans. There are over 400,000 people laid to rest in Arlington, most of whom were soldiers.
- According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS), there are almost 20 million living veterans in the United States. Of those 20 million veterans, 9 million are 65 years old or more.
- Nearly 325,000 of the approximately 16 million American soldiers who served in World War II are still alive today.
- There are also many veterans still living from many major conflicts since World War II: 7 million Vietnam War veterans, 2 million Korean War veterans, and over 3 million War on Terrorism veterans.
Our nation’s veterans have all made sacrifices so we can maintain our way of life, so taking a historic day to celebrate them is the least we can do. There is plenty of history attached to this special day; if you’re looking for more information, you can find it here.
From everyone at Brandsymbol, we want to offer our thanks and immense gratitude to all who have served and are serving our country. Happy Veterans Day!