All About the Holidays: Veterans Day

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(male narrator) November 11 is Veterans Day. Americans honor veterans, people who have served or currently serve in the U.S. military. What makes November 11 special? On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended. The Allied countries and Germany called a truce, also called an armistice, and November 11 was called Armistice Day. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson asked Americans to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day with a moment of silence in gratitude to the soldiers. Americans did that and more. They held parades and other gatherings across the country to thank the World War I veterans. In 1954, Congress changed the holiday's name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to recognize all soldiers who serve in war or peace. Today there are more than 23 million veterans in the United States. Do you know any veterans? How do you thank them?


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Veterans Day honors military veterans across the country. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day to mark the end of battles during WWI, the celebration honors the more than 23 million veterans in the United States. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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