Veterans Day falls on November 11 every year and this year it is observed on Monday, November 11. Although often confused, there is a difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. “Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”*

 

Here are some Veterans Day facts:
  • As of 2018, there were 18.2 million living veterans who served in at least one war

  • 16 million Americans served during World War II, and 496,777 were still living as of 2018

  • 9 percent of veterans are women

  • Alaska, Maine, and Montana are the top 3 states with the highest percentage of Veterans

  • Veterans Day started in 1919 and was originally known as “Armistice Day”. President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954. 

 

Many restaurants and businesses are offering deals for veterans. Starbucks, Chili’s, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Yard House, and more are offering free or discounted meals, drinks, and deserts.

Check out this list here:

 

As former President Harry S Truman said,

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”**

 
Source:
* “Veterans Day Facts”, History.com Editors, Access date 11-01-19, last updated 10-24-19. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts 

 

**”Address Broadcast to the Armed Forces”; Harry S Truman Library and Museum Website. https://www.trumanlibrary.gov/library/public-papers/5/address-broadcast-armed-force

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