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Veterans Day Timeline and Facts & Figures

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 Timelineand Veterans Day Facts & Figures.

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