Here’s a look at Veterans Day, a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces. Observed annually in the United States on November 11 – the anniversary of the end of World War I.
According to the most recent data from the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS):
There are approximately 19.5 million veterans in the United States.
There are approximately 2 million female veterans.
There are more than 9 million veterans over the age of 65.
As of June 2020, there are 5.06 million veterans receiving disability compensation.
November 11, 1918 - The armistice ending World War I begins at 11 a.m.
1919 - President Woodrow Wilson proclaims November 11 as Armistice Day.
November 11, 1921 - The first Unknown Soldier is reburied at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb has the words inscribed, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
May 13, 1938 - Armistice Day becomes a federal holiday.
June 1, 1954 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs a bill changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to include all US veterans.
1968 - Congress changes the date of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October in order to give federal employees a three-day weekend. The change begins in 1971.
September 25, 1975 - President Gerald Ford changes the date of Veterans Day back to November 11. The change begins in 1978.
May 28, 1984 - An unknown soldier from the Vietnam War is reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1998, he is identified through DNA tests as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old pilot shot down in 1972 on the border of Cambodia.