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Why is Veterans Day important?

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Veterans Day is important because it honors both living and dead men and women who have served in the military of the U.S. Veterans Day is on November 11 of each year.

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Veterans Day is a time for the remembrance and celebration of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day and commemorated the ending of World War I. Although World War I ended November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was not officially observed until 1926. In 1938, it became a national holiday. For nearly 40 years, November 11 held the name of Armistice Day until it was changed in 1954 to Veterans Day by order of President Eisenhower.

For seven years between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was briefly moved to October, but it was eventually moved back to November 11 by President Ford because the holiday celebrates more than just veterans; it celebrates the end of World War I. Australia, Canada, Great Britain and France all have holidays that celebrate veterans on November 11.

There are over 23 million veterans in the United States, nine million of whom are over 65 years old. Nearly two million of those veterans are women, and over two million are veterans from World War II.

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