In honor of Veterans Day, EZ-ACCESS wants to say thank you all the men and women who have served in the armed forces to help protect our nation’s freedom over the years. You have given us so much. We don’t know all of you, but we owe all of you a debt of gratitude for the courage and self-sacrifice you have displayed in defense of the American Flag.
As it turns out, the 11th day of November serves as a reminder to honor service members across the world. In honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d share some facts about the history of Veterans Day and veterans. This brief history lesson will help you further understand the significance of the day. Who knows, you just might learn something new.
How Did Nov. 11 Become Veterans Day?
Veterans Day didn’t get its name until 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday. Prior to that point, Nov. 11 was referred to as Armistice Day to signify the end of hostilities in Europe during World War I, which ended on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Variations of Veterans Day
The end of World War I is commemorated every year in several other countries. While the day is referred to as Veterans Day in the United States, other countries refer to the holiday as Remembrance Day. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 as a way to honor the men and women who have served. Great Britain has a similar tradition that is held on the second Sunday in November with a moment of silence held every Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Veterans: The Reason for Veterans Day
Here are some facts about the number of veterans living in the U.S. from the Census Bureau
- There are nearly 20 million military veterans living in the United States.
- 7 million of those veterans, more than one-third of America’s total, served during the Vietnam War.
- 3 million veterans are at least 65 years old.
As veterans return from combat overseas and continue to age, they may need some assistance moving around. Make sure veterans with limited mobility can access your home or business with an accessibility solution from EZ-ACCESS.