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Veterans Day

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November 11th is Veterans Day. It is a day to honor all veterans. It began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance and became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. A 1968 congressional bill moved Veterans Day celebration to the fourth Monday in October. In 1975, due to the important historical significance of the date, President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11.

Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).

In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

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