ArtsCase is proud to celebrate Veterans Day, a tribute to all Americans who have served our country during peace or wartime. We pay respect to our veterans for their contribution to the safety and security of our country and its citizens. In honor of these heroes, we’ve put together a list of 5 interesting facts you may not have known about the holiday:
1. World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month.
That’s why Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War 1
2. Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace. Although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.
3. There are more than 21 million veterans in the United States, which represents about 6.5% of the U.S. population.
U.S. veterans have served in 12 major wars as well as numerous smaller military conflicts.
4. 26 of 44 of our nation’s Presidents have been veterans.
Out of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, about 558,000 are still alive.
5. National ceremonies of Veterans Day Center around the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Every year on Veterans Day, at exactly 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Arlington National Cemetery.