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Veterans Day Freebies and Facts

November 11, 2014

The staff of the Porter Henderson Library offers their sincere gratitude to all veterans who served our country. As a small token of our appreciation, we will give a free gift to all student veterans who show their Military ID or Military Coin at the Circulation Desk today (Nov 11) between 7:30am and midnight.

Is it Veterans Day or Armistice Day?

Actually, it is both. Armistice Day began at the end of World War I to honor the 1918 armistice that went into effect on the eleventh month on the eleventh day in the eleventh hour. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson celebrated this cessation of hostilities with a commemoration of Armistice Day and in 1938 November 11th became a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. At that time, the holiday honored veterans of WW I, however, after World War II and involvement in Korea Public Law 380 approved legislation to amend the 1938 Congressional Act resulting in changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and opening it to honor American veterans of all wars.

What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Veterans Day honors all American Veterans of all wars. Memorial Day honors our service men and women who gave their life during a war or military action.

Why don’t we celebrate Veteran’s Day on a Monday or a Friday and make it a long weekend?

We are a country that enjoys long weekends and in 1968 moved the date of observance for four Federally recognized holidays to Mondays through  The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250). This move created long weekends and was successful for all but one holiday, Veterans Day. The historic and patriotic significance Americans attached to the date of November 11th (11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) resulted in another law (Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), to return the annual observance of Veterans Day to November 11.

Do you want to know more?

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day FAQs

Veterans History Project