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Veterans’ Day-Worksheets, History and more

Veterans’ Day is often confused with Memorial Day. While Memorial Day honors those who have died for our country, Veterans’ Day honors living veterans, as well as those who have passed.

Veterans’ Day was once called “Armistice Day”. I’m really they changed the name because it seems like a mouthful! However, Armistice means an agreement by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time. It became a day of recognition in 1926 and became a National Holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day. This was to celebrate not only World War I Veterans, but all veterans of all wars.

Veterans’ Day occurs every November 11th. It is unlike Memorial Day which is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May. However, In 1971 Veterans’ Day was moved to the Fourth Monday in October. In 1975, President Gerald Ford Returned Veterans’ Day to November 11th because of the significance of the date. In 1918, the 11th hour at the 11th day at the 11th month, World War I was over (why it was known as “Armistice Day”).

There are approximately 17.4 million Veterans in the United States. 10% of the population are Veterans. 91% of veterans are men, 9% are women.

VA.Gov has some great information about Veterans’ Day

History.com has a lot of great information about Veterans’ Day.


What is the Significance of the Poppies?

Poppies are significant because of the World War I poem “In Flanders Field”. The first lines talk about the poppies that grew from soldiers graves in Belgium. The American Legion made the red poppy their symbol to remember veterans from World War I veterans. In Britain, Purple Poppies are used to remember animals that were killed in action.


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Check out Anthem Park, which has an Amazing Memorial that you should see on November 11th at 11:11am!

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