November 11th is a special day. It’s a special day for those who have proudly served our country. It’s a special day for their families. We seek to honor all our veterans and their spouses and families this year, and thank them sincerely for their proud service and the difference they’ve made for each of us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
A National Holiday
Veterans Day actually originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11th, 1919. That day marks the anniversary of the ending of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 marking an annual observance, and then November 11th became a national holiday in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, the Veterans Day holiday pays tribute to all American veterans–living and dead– but gives special thanks to living veterans who served our country honorably during war or peacetime.
Facts about Veterans Day
Here are a few facts about this incredibly special holiday that you may or may not already know.
» Veterans Day occurs on November 11th each year in honor of “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918, which marked the end of World War Ι—initially termed “Armistice Day.”
» The holiday commemorates the service of veterans of all wars.
» In 1954, Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
» In 1968, Congress passed a bill which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October; however, due to the historical significance of the date, in 1975, President Ford moved the holiday back to November 11th.
» In Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries, it’s customary to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11th.
Did you know that…?
» 9% of veterans are women.
» 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of the year 2018.
» As of 2019, the three states with the highest percentage of veterans were Virginia, Wyoming, and Alaska.
» 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War, 2 million during the Korean War, and 3 million in the War on Terrorism.
To all our veterans in the Regency family, thank you so much for your service. It’s our honor to celebrate you on Veterans Day, and every day! Our team at Regency works hard to offer our support to our veterans and their families, particularly when it comes to applying for VA pension benefits. This process can be arduous and overwhelming, but at Regency we strive to take that burden off your shoulders. If you have questions about applying for benefits, let us know. We’d love to help!