Every year, the 11th day of the eleventh lunar month is dedicated to the heroism and sacrifice of U.S. veterans. It was previously known as Veterans’ Day. This was the day that marked the end of World War I.
Armistice Day became an official holiday in honor of those who served during the First World War. After the end of World War II, and the Korean War, this changed in 1954. On 1 June 1954, the legislation officially changed the word Armistice to Veterans.
History & Meaning of Veterans Day
Remembrance Day is the true meaning of Veterans Day. Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, is a federal holiday that the United States observes every November 11 to honor military veterans.
After the Treaty of Versailles was signed, Armistice Day became Veterans Day. To honor all U.S. veterans, however, the title was changed to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954. New legislation changed the national memorial to veteransDay from the fourth Monday of October to the fourth Monday in 1968.
10+ Interesting Veterans Day Trivia Facts
- “11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month” means that the World War II officially ended at 11:01 AM on November 11, 1918.
- Thirty-five percent of all living veterans have served in Vietnam War.
- 11.4% of the 19.3 million U.S. military veterans are African Americans
- The U.S. military has 1.6 million female veterans.
- With 1.7 million Americans serving below the age of 30, the U.S. military force is full young blood.
- The U.K. doesn’t celebrate on that exact date. It celebrates on the Sunday closest the eleventh of December.
- A ceremony is held each Veterans Day at 11 AM around the Tomb of the Unknowns.
- From 1947 to his death in 1985, Raymond Weeks held a parade on Veterans Day every year
- The only U.S. president to address the Veterans Day ceremony is President Bill Clinton
- Every year since he became president, President Bill Clinton has delivered the Veterans Day speech (8 years).
- Veterans are honored for their service to the United States on Veterans Day.
- Veterans Day is rarely mixed with Memorial Day. However, Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military, and Veterans Day honors all who served in the U.S. Military, both living and dead.
- Arlington Cemetery hosts an annual Veterans Day function to honor all those who have lost their lives in war.
- Today, there are 24 million veterans.
- During World War II, there were approximately 400,000 soldiers who died in the United States.
- It was estimated that 8.1% American veterans were females in 2011.
- Although there is no apostrophe in “Veterans Day”, many people still spell it as Veteran’s Day, Veterans’ Day, or Veteran’s Day.
Veterans Day Trivia Questions & Answers
Q. In which year did Germany make their final World War I Reparation Payment?
Q. Which country, along with the U. S. stood along South Korea in the Korean War against communism?
Q. Where can you find the tomb of the unknown person?
Q. What is the largest U. S. military base according to the size of the population?
Q. Whose words are these, ”It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it”?
Q. Who is the second person in charge after the Commander in Chief of the armed forces?
Q. In which state is the Arlington National Cemetery?
Q. In what state is the United States Naval Academy?
Q. When did the last of US troops leave Vietnam?
Q. WAC is an abbreviation for?
Q. What was the name of the pilot who dropped the bomb in Hiroshima?
Q. What was the name of the Treaty that marked the end of the Second World War?
Q. What was the name of the bomber from which the Hiroshima bomb was dropped?
Q. What is the approximate number of U. S. veterans today?
Q. What is the name of the president who passed the bill announcing November 11 as the official Veterans Day?
Q. What is considered as the best way to show support on Veterans Day?
Q. How many stars were on the American flag in 1954 when November 11 officially became Veterans Day?
Q. When was the Veterans Day changed to the fourth Monday of every October by law?
Q. When was it changed back to fall on the actual date?
Q. In which year was the body of an unknown American from the Vietnam War buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
Q. True or false; the unknown veteran was identified through DNA tests and was disinterred and reburied by his family?
Q. How long did the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 carry on for?
Q. Who was the first Civil War general to graduate in the West Point class of 1829?
Q. Five days prior to its surrender, which country declared war on Japan in 1945?
Q. What is the Japanese destroyer that sank PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, on August 2, 1943, called?
Q. How many times in total did the USS Triton (a nuclear submarine) surface during its underwater circumvention?
Q. Who was the great military leader who was also a successful yo-yo player?
Q. Who is the famous actor to attain the highest U. S. military rank in history for an entertainer?
Q. What was James Stewart’s rank?
Q. What is the name of the youngest U.S. Army officer to be promoted to general?
Q. How old was George Custer when he got promoted to general?
Q. “Lafayette, we are here” who is the famous American military leader to utter those words?
Q. When did he say these words?
Q. Where was the Bay of Pigs whose attack gave rise to a world crisis in the 1960s?
Q. Who gave the idea of dedicating the holiday to all veterans than just those of the First World War in 1953?
Q. What was Alvin J. King’s occupation?
Q. What flower is a symbol of Veterans Day?
Q. What is the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs?
Q. Whose words are used as the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs? ww Abraham
Q. What patriotic song debuted in its current form on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938?
Q. Who sang the song God Bless America?
Q. Out of the 45 presidents that the U. S. has had, how many have been a veteran?
Q. What is Veterans Day called in countries other than the U. S.?
Q. What percentage of all veterans voted in the 2008 presidential election?
What to Wear on Veterans Day?
On Veterans Day, wear red, white, and blue. This is the simple gesture of wearing patriotic colors to pay respect to veterans. As a gesture of support to the Armed Forces community and veterans currently serving, poppies are carried.
White poppies have three meanings: They represent a dedication to peace, remembrance of all those who were killed in war and a challenge to try to glorify war. However, wearing a poppy on Veterans Day is your choice.