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Veterans Day: The Other November Holiday

When thinking of November holidays, the bulk of the attention is given to Thanksgiving.  While Thanksgiving may get the better food, Veterans Day is still a reason to celebrate.
Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. Germany signed the armistice slowing the hostilities on WWI in the 11th month, on the 11th day, during the 11th hour in 1918. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to honor veterans of WWI, and it became a federal holiday in 1938. The name was officially changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower to honor all military veterans.  

Despite a brief change of the celebration date in the late 1960s, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the true purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

While November 11 is officially Veterans Day, Anglicotech proudly supports our veterans year-round through a wide variety of outreach programs, sponsored job fairs, base-sponsored events, and other services.  Anglicotech enjoys a strong history supporting organizations like Fisher House, and our recruiting team attends job fairs sponsored by organizations such as Hiring our Heroes, Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), and the Army Career & Alumni Program (ACAP).  Also, we post our open position on other websites such as Civilianjobs, GIjobs, Hero2Hired, the Marine Executive Associate (MEA), VetSuccess, National Resource Directory, and CareerOneStop.

Interesting Facts about Veterans Day

  • The last surviving American of WWI was Frank W. Buckles, who lived to be 110 years old.
  • On November 11, 1921 the first Unknown Soldier was buried at Arlington
  • National Cemetery.
  • Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11.

And as of September 2013:

  • There are 21.3 million veterans in the United States, 19.1 million male and 2.2 million female.
  • There are an estimated 1.8 million living WWII veterans.
  • Approximately 35% of living veterans served in the Vietnam War.
  • 42% of veterans are over the age of 65.
  • Nearly 30% of both Gulf War era veterans are current or past members of the Reserve or National Guard.
  • Cities with a high percentage of Veterans: Kileen, TX (28.9%), Clarksville, TN (24%), Jacksonville, NC (22.6%), Fayetteville, NC (22.1%), Hampton, VA (20.9%).
  • States with more than 1 million Veterans: California – 2 million; Texas – 1.6 million; Florida – 1.6 million.
  • Military families relocate 14% more frequently than civilian families.
  • 92% of vets 25 and older have at least a High School diploma
  • 26% of vets 25 and older have at least a BA degree
  • There are 10.9 million veterans in the civilian workforce.
  • A veteran is more than twice as likely as a non-veteran to hold a job in a public administration industry.
  • Veterans own 9% of all US businesses.
  • The amount of money in receipts generated by these businesses is $1.2 trillion
  • 5.8 million people are employed by veteran-owned businesses
  • A veterans’ annual income is about $10,000 higher than that of the average American.
By Bernadette Cullen