Last year there were 21.5 million military veterans in the United States, according to a 2011 American Community Survey.
The United States Census Bureau states that, Veterans Day (originally, “Armistice Day”) was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management – Recruiting, Retaining, and Honoring a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People – Federal law establishes Veterans Day as a public holiday for Federal employees who work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, Veterans Day is observed on Monday (because the holiday falls on Sunday).
To the Men and Women who served the United States of America to defend our Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness…Thank you!
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.