Nov 11, 2015 1:43 PM

Did you know? Some history and fun facts about Veterans Day

Every year, Veterans are honored in November for their service, sacrifice and bravery. Veterans Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 11 - but why? And what year was the first Veterans Day?

-Veterans Day was first called “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1926, it became an annual observance and twelve years later, it was declared a national holiday.

-In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in an effort to recognize all veterans. Veterans Day was previously celebrated on the fourth Monday in October to keep with the tradition of having national holidays on a Monday, but was changed back to Nov. 11 in recognition of the end of WWI.

-Veterans Day is intended to thank every living veteran whether they served during wartime or not.

-Memorial Day, in May, is the national holiday devoted to remembering fallen men and women of the U.S. military.

-Every Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery honors those who have died during war with ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

-There are about 21.7 million living veterans in the U.S. and about 1.5 million of them are older than 85 years old.

-Most veterans live in California – there are more than 21 million in the Golden State.

These are just a few facts about Veterans Day. If you are a veteran, check out some of the restaurants and retailers giving away deals and free meals on Nov. 11.

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