Did You Know? Countdown to Veterans Day 2009 (11/08)

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Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About
America’s Veterans Day

Nov 08 : 03 days till Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day?

The first Armistice Day was held on November 11, 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.)

In 1954, Congress voted to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and to expand its definition to include honoring all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day is the day that America pays tribute to its military veterans. Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, Veterans Day is usually observed November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the Veterans Day (November 11th)!

Sources: US Census Bureau / Wikipedia

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