Veterans Day is a day to honors those who have served and are currently serving our country. It also reminds us to do something bigger than ourselves in any way that we are able to. One blood donation has the potential to save three lives and by donating we can show our support not only through our words, but through our actions as well.
Originated in November 11, 1919, the day was first known as “Armistice Day,” and was created to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, when the Allies and Germany declared a truce on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Congress then passed a resolution in 1926 for annual observance and the day became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
More facts about Veterans Day:
§ In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
§ 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
§ 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
§ 1.8 millions veterans are women.
§ 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
§ 5.2 million veterans served the Gulf War.
§ 2.6 million veterans served during World War II.
§ 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day
These two holidays, which both honor veterans, are often confused. Memorial Day is meant to honor American service members who died in service to their country. Veterans Day honors both the living and dead but gives a special thanks to living veterans.
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