Veterans Day

Learn about the history of Veterans Day and when it's observed

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Veterans Day History and Date

Originally, Armistice Day commemorated the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, and was observed as a national holiday. In 1954, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation proclaiming Nov. 11 Veterans Day, as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. In 1968, a law was passed to change the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent that Nov. 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans, however, and in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its original date.

In 2014, Veterans Day falls on Tuesday, November 11.

Hallmark first offered Veterans Day cards in 2002. The company had tested Veterans Day cards in 1985 and 1999, but found little consumer interest. A resurgence in patriotism following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, however, was reflected by consumers seeking ways to honor those who serve and protect, and that included an increased demand for Veterans Day cards.

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Did you know?

  • Veterans Day is always observed November 11.
  • About 21.5 million Americans are military veterans.
  • About 1.6 million military veterans are women.
  • About 9.2 million of America's veterans were older than 65 years in 2011.
  • Of all living U.S. veterans, the largest number—7.5 million—served from 1964 to 1975 during the era of the Vietnam War.
  • Some veterans serve our country in multiple wars. About 51,000 U.S. veterans alive in 2011 served during the Vietnam War and both Gulf Wars.

Source: American Community Survey, 2011

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