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Family Fun for U.S. Families to Celebrate Veterans Day

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Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day Date:

Rule to Determine the Date of Veterans Day:
Veterans Day is always on November 11 so the day of the week that it falls on changes each year. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday. If it falls on a Sunday then is it observed on Monday.

Rememberance Day in Canada
Rememberance Day is celebrated on the same date as Veterans Day in Canada.

Federal Holiday Status
Veteran's Day is a federal holiday in the United States. Learn more about federal holidays.

Reason We Celebrate Veterans Day
To Honor Veterans of All Wars. It was formally known as Armistice Day, which was a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I.

History of Veterans Day
Armistice Day honored the end of World War I which was ended on November 11, 1918 and it was a U.S. legal holiday. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace. The legislation also appointed a committee to organize and oversee the nation observance of Veterans Day. In addition to fulfilling that mission, the committee oversees the annual production and distribution of the annual Veterans Day poster and the Teacher Resource Guide.

In 1968, the date was changed to the fourth Monday in October to give federal employees a three day weekend starting in 1971. Many states still observed it on November 11 and in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford returned it to November 11.

Confusion Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day
Memorial Day is to honor veterans that were killed in action.
Veterans Day is to honor all veterans that served (or who serving) their country.

How to Celebrate Veterans Day

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