Why is Veterans Day on November 11?

Why is Veterans Day on November 11 and not any other day of the year? I observed that it is always celebrated on this particular day. Can anyone tell Veterans Day history? What important Veterans Day facts should I know?

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Victoria Fowler on November 8, 2018

November 11 is Veterans Day in the US, and the reason for this is historical. You must have heard about the First World War in your history class at either elementary school, high school, college or university. This day, November 11 marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the World War between Germany and the allied powers. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day but after the Second World War it became known as Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to the veterans of the war in the United States.

About the history of Veterans Day, the treaty was signed on June 28, 1918, which brought to an official end, World War I. However, the date, November 11, 1918, remained the public assumption as the date that marked the end of the conflict. About a year later, the U.S president Woodrow Wilson, declared November 11 the first anniversary of the Armistice Day. There were parades, day off, public gatherings, and other events. In November 1926, the U.S Congress passed a resolution to the effect that all subsequent anniversaries be observed with prayer and thanksgiving, also adding that the president issue an annual declaration of Armistice Day. As at the time the resolution was passed, 27 state legislatures had declared November 11 a legal holiday.

During the World War II, there was a massive mobilization of American veterans including the Navy, Army, and air force in the Korean War. In 1954, after efforts by veteran organizations, the 1938 Act that made the Armistice Day a legal holiday was amended in favor of U.S veterans. This was signed by the President Eisenhower in 1954. From then on, November 11 has been a day to honor American veterans of war.

Some relevant facts about Veterans Day: 16.1 million veterans served in at least one war. Over two million veterans are women; six million veterans served in peace times; the Veterans Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, which was its first anniversary. In 1968, the bill for a uniform holiday was passed.

Roger Moore9 days ago

I never knew we had such a great number of female veterans employed in the U.S military service. It's good to see women showing more interest in it. I can also add some interesting Veterans Day facts. In 2014, there were over 19 million veterans in the U.S, and out of these, 1.6 million were women, 9.4 million were 65 and over; about 11.4 percent were African American. Also, about 35 percent of veterans who are still alive today served during the Vietnam war.  

Ronald Miller9 days ago

A student of history does not need to research further on Veterans Day history; he already has the points he needs in the answer above. However, for everyone's comprehension of the question “why is Veterans Day on November 11?", I'd like to clarify the fact that the armistice treaty was never signed on the 11th of November. This is contrary to what most people believe, but it's important for us to be properly guided. Again, there are lots of other relevant facts about the Veterans Day that are yet to be mentioned. You can read them. 


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