Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day History

Veterans Day seeks to honor and give thanks to all the men and women who have served and are serving in the US Armed Forces.  Ceremonies are held across the country at Veterans Hospitals, cemeteries, and National Monuments.  At 11:00 a.m. EST, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery.  At this ceremony the President of the United States, or his assigned ambassador, places a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Veterans Day is observed on November 11th each year.

Veterans Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation urging the nation to support the Veterans Day effort in any way possible.
  • During World War II, over 16 million men and women served in the military. The war resulted in over 400,000 deaths.
  • The War of Global Terrorism, encompassing October 7, 2001 to May 29, 2012, has seen 54,820 casualties of which 6,456 resulted in death.
  • This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. - Elmer Davis

Veterans Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Volunteer at a local VA facility.
  • Thank everyone you know who has served in the armed forces.
  • Take flowers to the grave sites of deceased military personnel.
  • Invite local veterans to a special luncheon in their honor.
  • Make a donation of time or money to a local Veterans organization.

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