Happy Veterans Day! Cheaper Than Dirt would like to take this moment to honor all military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We salute you and thank you for your service.
In honor of this federal holiday, here are four facts you might not know about Veterans Day.
1. It’s one of three major U.S. military holidays.
Veteran’s Day honors all who have served in the military, of course, and Memorial Day honors those who have died in the line of duty.
But there’s a third military holiday known as Armed Forces Day that honors those currently serving in the U.S. Military. It’s celebrated in May.
2. It was renamed from Armistice Day in 1954.
U.S. Representative Ed Rees presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress in early 1954, but then it was still known as “Armistice Day.” (President Eisenhower signed the bill into law).
It became known as Veterans Day in June of 1954 when Congress amended the bill.
3. Veterans Day is technically spelled without an apostrophe.
While both Veterans’ Day and Veteran’s Day are commonly used and grammatically acceptable, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website officially spells the holiday Veterans Day without the apostrophe.
( According to the website, it’s because “it is not a day that belongs to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans. ”) Did you know you were going to get a grammar lesson today?
4. There are more than 18 million veterans in the United States.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 18.2 million veterans in the United States and more than nine million veterans are served each year by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics estimates the total Veteran population to decline to 12 million in 2045.
Who would you like to honor today? Tell us a little about the important veterans in your lives in the comments below.