Veterans Day Timeline and Facts & Figures

Check out our Timeline and Facts & Figures to learn about the history of veterans, as well as veterans in the present.


Veterans Day is on November 11. It was first established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. At this time it was called Armistice Day and was created to remember "the heroism of those who died in the country's service." Congress declared Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the legislation that changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.

While commonly confused, Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day to remember those that gave their lives serving our country. Memorial Day's origins date back to 1868. Veterans Day, however, is about giving thanks to those that have served. These differences are big in the eyes of someone that served in the Military.

Additional Military holidays include the day each branch was founded, or each branch's "birthday":

Army: June 14

Coast Guard: August 4

Air Force: September 18

Navy: October 13

Marine Corps: November 10

Click the images below, or the following links, to expand the view or download a PDF: Veterans Day Timeline and Veterans Day Facts & Figures.

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TIAA's Veteran Focus

Veterans are an important part of TIAA's employee-base and mentorship is crucial to making a transition back to the workforce successful.

Since 1918, the same year Veterans Days originated, TIAA has taken great pride in veterans who are our employees, family members, clients, and board members. The knowledge, experience, and integrity veterans bring to our organization helps make it stronger and more inclusive.

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