Veterans Day History
Veterans Day by the Numbers
Learn the facts and figures behind the many contributions of America's armed forces throughout the country's history.
Veterans Day History
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Find out more
Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year?
A son learns about the trials of war through the films his father shot in Vietnam.
Jimmie Kayana's Story
The son of Japanese immigrants, Army Medic Jimmie Kanaya joined the U.S. Army in 1941.
Women in the Cockpit
Dawn Letson shares her films from WASP training camp.
Leap of Faith
A World War II veteran shares the story of the harrowing six months he spent in German prison camps and his return to the U.S.
It's Never Too Late to Thank a Vet American citizens send a special message to their loved ones for their military service.
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Why are soldiers called GIs?
The origins of this popular nickname are somewhat murky.
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Medal of Honor: 6 Surprising Facts
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9 People You May Not Know Were WWII Veterans
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