Many of us know Veteran’s Day takes place on November 11th each year, and many places give discounts and freebies to honor Veterans. However, there’s a real history behind this holiday and we’re bringing you five fast facts about Veteran’s Day!
Five Fast Facts about Veteran’s Day
So many companies and brands excitedly offer amazing discounts and free stuff each November 11th. Year-after-year more and more companies join the long list of brands offering lots of these amazing deals, but do you know what the history is behind this extremely patriotic day? We’re happy to provide these five quick facts about the holiday.
Why is Veteran’s Day celebrated on November 11th?
We celebrate Veterans Day on 11/11 in the United States because it honors the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, which is known as Armistice Day, the END of World War I. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Why was Veterans Day celebrated on a different day between 1971 and 1974?
Congress decided in 1968 to pass the Uniform Holidays Bill. It moved Veterans Day to the 4th Monday of October.
In 1975, Gerald Ford moved Veterans Day BACK to November 11th, because he understood the historical importance of 11/11.
State and Federal
It’s not just a state holiday in the United States! Veterans Day is also a FEDERAL holiday.
Leave out the apostrophe
Many people add an apostrophe to Veterans Day when spelling it, but it isn’t supposed to have an apostrophe.
Memorial Day and Veterans Day
It happens a lot, confusing Memorial Day with Veterans Day and vice versa. The KEY difference: Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives, and Veterans Day honors those who SERVED in the U.S. Military whether alive, or deceased.
Other Countries and Veterans Day
Australia and Canada both kind of celebrate a similar holiday on November 11th. They call it “Remembrance Day”. Canadians celebrate like us in the United States, but do honor their war dead by wearing Red Poppy flowers, but in Australia the day is similar to Memorial Day, honoring just their dead military.
If you’re a Veteran, or in the military, make sure to ask about discounts and savings you might be missing out on!
Happy Veterans Day from your favorite insurance team at Tango, Tango & Tango!