It’s not Memorial Day
Veterans Day is a holiday many confuse for Memorial Day. They are two similar holidays, but November 11 is a day for honoring all American veterans, living or dead. But it’s mostly for honoring living veterans who have served their country in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day is meant to only honor US servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving their country. You can read more about Memorial Day here, but this post is about Veterans Day.
Here are some facts about Veterans Day you should know:
It had a different name. Originally called “Armistice Day”, the Veterans Day holiday began on Nov. 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October between 1971 and 1977. It was changed back to its original date, on November 11, 1978. World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour, on the 11th month. November 11 became a national holiday starting in 1938 and is recognized as both a state and federal holiday.
Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day?
Neither. The word “veteran” comes from the nomenclature of the old English language, meaning old, experienced soldier. There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in the name, yet some still spell it as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day. Some schools close on Veterans Day and some don’t, as there is no legal requirement for a school to close on November 11.
By the Numbers
7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era.
5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War.
2.6 million veterans served during World War II.
2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War.
And finally, Super Heat and Air does not close on November 11. So give us a call at 813-609-5015 for all of your air conditioning needs! We also honor our military service men and women with a 15% discount on all services. Happy Veterans Day!
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