As the month of November has already started, it is now the time to honour our war heroes. And to pay our homage and tribute to the war veterans, there is no bigger festival than the Veterans Day itself. Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on 11th November every year. The date 11th November bears a major significance as on this day the World War I was ended and in 1919, the then President of the United States Woodrow Wilson first celebrated this day as the Armistice Day. Later in 1938 the day became a legal holiday and in 1954, the Armistice Day officially became the Veterans Day. So before the auspicious occasion arrives and the whole country celebrates the Veterans Day 2016, gather the knowledge about the Top Veterans Day Facts and Info. So check it out:
Top Veterans Day Facts
Veterans Day is also celebrated as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day in France, Britain, Australia, Canada and other countries of the world.
The number 11 has very much significance with the Veterans Day. On November 11th at the 11th hour, the World War I formally ended. And November is the 11th month of the year.
When Veterans Day was celebrated as the Armistice Day, it was meant to pay homage to only those who died in the World War I. But later in the 1940’s, when it was amended as the Veterans Day, it was changed to honor all those soldiers and veterans who have served in the US military.
There is a misconception among people that Veterans Day is same as Memorial Day. But these two festivals are totally different from one other. The Memorial Day is celebrated to honor those who have died while serving the nation in the battlefield, where as the Veterans Day is celebrated to honor all those who have served in the U.S. military, irrespective of deceased or alive.
Veterans Day is both a federal and state holiday in the United States of America.
A World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks first came up with the concept of honoring all the veterans on November 11th, not just the soldiers who had died in the World War I. Later in 1982, Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizenship Medal from Ronald Reagan for his outstanding contribution in Veterans Day celebration.
In 1971, the celebration was moved to the fourth Monday of October, but in 1978 Veterans Day again came back to its original day, that is 11th November.
On Veterans Day, the National Veterans Award is given and the ritual started in 1954 in Alabama.
On November 11th, 1921 an American war hero was buried at Arlington Cemetery. The identity of that soldier is still unknown and thus his gravesite is termed as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. From then , each year on Veterans Day, a ceremony is held in Arlington Cemetery to pay tribute to all who have died in war.
Top Veterans Day Info & Stats
Approximately 24 million veterans are alive today.
Among them, 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
1.9 million veterans are below the age of 35.
1.8 million veterans are women.
Among all the living veterans, 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which is almost 34% of all the veterans who are still alive today.
5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War, that is from 1990 to the present day.
2.6 million veterans served the nation during the World War II (1941-1945) and 400,000 soldiers lost their lives in that battle.
2.8 million veterans took part in the Korean War (1950-1953)
Top 5 states with most number of veterans are: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
Folks hopefully you have got an idea about top Veterans Day facts and info. Yes, it is very hard to believe that many so many people has took part in many horrible wars and lost their lives to serve the country. So it is now the time for us to honor them and show them the proper respect they deserve. So in this Veterans Day 2016, it is our moral duty to thank all the veterans.