Facts about Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states with the exception of Wisconsin.

To mark the day, here are 8 interesting facts about Veterans Day.

While the holiday is often written or printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements, the United States government has declared that the attributive case is the official spelling. Veterans Day Facts

In the USA, there are an estimated 20 Million veterans. Of these, Veterans from the Vietnam war are the largest group numbering over 7 million. There are 5.2 million veterans who served during the Gulf War Era. Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day was first celebrated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, just one year after the end of World War I. Congress passed legislation in 1926 for the day to become an annual observance. It became known as a national holiday in 1938 Veterans Day Facts

It wasn't until 1954 that President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day Veterans Day Facts

Between the years of 1971 and 1977, Veterans Day was celebrated on every fourth Monday during October. The holiday was changed back to its original date on Nov. 11, 1978, by President Ford. Veterans Day Facts

California is home to most veterans in the US, with 1.7 million. Texas and Florida are next, with 1.5 million veterans. Veterans Day Facts

There were 19.3 million veteran in the US in 2014; 1.6 million of these were female veterans. Veterans Day Facts

The official definition of a veteran is someone who served on active duty for more than six months while assigned to a regular U.S. armed services unit. Veterans Day Facts
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