Celebrate Veterans Day and Honor Those who Serve
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson set aside November 11th to remember the end of World War I. "Armistice Day" became a federal holiday in 1921 and then a national holiday in 1938, and was later named "Veterans Day" in 1975.
The holiday is celebrated in the U.S., U.K., Europe and Commonwealth Countries, where a moment of silence is held at 11 a.m. And, in Canada and the U.K., poppies are sold to raise funds for, and commemorate soldiers.
Veterans Day celebrates both active and deceased military service members. There are currently 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.
Learn More About Veterans Day Events and Supporting Organizations:
- National Veterans Day Run, a nation-wide event held in over 40 cities, to benefit Folds of Honor, a charity that gives scholarships to the children and spouses of injured or deceased military service members. Sign up here.
- Wounded Warriors, a non-profit that raises awareness of, and provides services and programs to military service members who suffered phyical or mental injuries, or illness, while on duty
- Help a Hero Program, where SportsClips Haircuts is fundraising for post-secondary scholarships to ease the transition of veterans, and is offering free haircuts to veterans
- Home Depot Foundation, which is giving grants to non-profits to enlist veterans to volunteer renovate homes of other veterans, and to oversee home improvement projects