Happy Veterans Day – From TimeClock Plus

Our November 11th annual observance originated as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I and became a national holiday in 1938. President Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to what we celebrate today as Veterans Day in 1954. For a short time between 1971 and 1975 Congress moved the date to the fourth Monday in October. However, it was President Ford who returned Veterans Day to November 11th because of the day’s historical significance. While Memorial Day recognizes service members who died in service, Veterans Day salutes all American Veterans, living or dead. The holiday especially honors living veterans who serve honorably in war and peacetime.

Britain, France, Australia, Canada and many countries in Europe also commemorate the day. In this honor, people around the world observe two minutes of silence every November 11th at 11:00 am.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, 2.6 million veterans served in World War II, 2.8 million served in the Korean War, 2.8 million served in the Vietnam War and 5.2 million served in the Gulf War.

The team at TimeClock Plus salutes the millions of brave Americans, men and women, who have served and currently serve our country. Thank you for your sacrifice!

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/veterans-day-facts

http://www.va.gov/

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