Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About Veterans Day!
On November 11th we come together as a nation to honor all those that have served in our military. Here are some fun facts you may not have known about Veterans Day.
- Armistice Day, as it was originally called, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in honor all those that had served in the military.
- The date is very significant. Although World War I fighting ended on June 28, 1918, the armistice that officially ended the war between the Allies and Germany wasn’t signed until November 11, 1918. The agreement went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
- The idea for the holiday was meant as a celebration throughout the country with parades and public presentations, as well as a brief suspension of business at 11 AM to honor our veterans. Many of our World War Allies also celebrate November 11th as Armistice or Veterans Day, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and France.
- On November 11, 1921 an unidentified American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His grave site is what we now know as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Every year since, at 11 AM on Veterans Day, the president or a high-ranking official lays a wreath on the grave.
- Irving Berlin wrote the music to God Bless America in 1918, but it wasn’t until 20 years later that he revised the lyrics to the version we are so familiar with today. That version debuted on November 10, 1938 on a Veterans Day radio special and performed by the “First Lady of Radio” singer Kate Smith.