Veterans Day

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Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.wikipedia
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Public holidays in the United States

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Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
At the discretion of the employer, other non-federal holidays such as Christmas Eve and the Day after Thanksgiving are common additions to the list of paid holidays while Columbus Day and Veterans Day are common omissions.

Veteran

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Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
In some countries with strong anti-military traditions (e.g., Germany after 1945), veterans are neither honoured in any special way by the general public, nor have their dedicated Veterans Day, although events are sometimes orchestrated by minority groups.

Remembrance Day

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It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.

Armistice Day

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It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.

Memorial Day

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Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May.
Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of U.S. military veterans; and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those in the U.S. military.

Armed Forces Day

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There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.
It combines elements of the U.S. holidays Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) which recognizes living veterans of the U.S. armed forces and Memorial Day, which recognizes veterans no longer alive.

Emporia, Kansas

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U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress.
In 1953, Emporia was the site of the first Veterans Day observance in the United States.

Federal holidays in the United States

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Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school.
New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and Christmas Day are observed on the same calendar date each year.

Armistice of 11 November 1918

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Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
11 November is commemorated annually in many countries under various names such as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and in Poland it is Independence Day.

Uniform Monday Holiday Act

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Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October (October 25, 1971; October 23, 1972; October 22, 1973; October 28, 1974; October 27, 1975; October 25, 1976, and October 24, 1977).
The Act moved Washington's Birthday (February 22), Memorial Day (May 30), and Veterans Day (November 11) from fixed dates to designated Mondays, and established as a federal holiday Columbus Day—which had previously been celebrated in some states on October 12—to a designated Monday.

Election Day (United States)

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Election Day is a regular working day, while Veterans Day, which typically falls the following week, is a federal holiday.
Several commentators have noted the irony of Election Day being a regular working day, while Veterans Day, which typically falls on November 11, is a federal holiday.

Joseph F. Ambrose

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Ambrose was posthumously honored in a speech given by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, for Veterans Day, in 2012.

United States Armed Forces

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Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

World War I

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It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

Woodrow Wilson

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President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:

Calvin Coolidge

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The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.

World War II

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In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

Birmingham, Alabama

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In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

Edward Herbert Rees

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U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Society for Human Resource Management

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A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.

United States Marine Corps

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As Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are only one day apart, that branch of the Armed Forces customarily observes both occasions as a 96-hour liberty period.

National Commission on Federal Election Reform

The National Commission on Federal Election Reform called for the holidays to be merged, so citizens can have a day off to vote.

Noun adjunct

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While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling "because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans."

Possessive

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While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling "because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans."