Heya! Are you confused about veterans day? That is it actually a federal holiday or not? Well, then here you can get to know that is veterans day a federal holiday. To answer your question directly, Yes! Veterans day is a federal holiday. In this post we’ll explain what is a federal holiday and 10 facts about veterans day.
A federal holiday is a recognized holiday by U.S Government. Every year on a US federal holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, and every federal employee is paid for the holiday
To answer your question, yes , Veterans day is a federal holiday. This means, on veterans day all the non-essential federal government offices are closed, and every federal employee is paid for the holiday, this means Veterans day is a paid holiday.
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10 Facts about Veterans Day
#1: 70% of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse, while 50% experience mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which makes it harder to maintain relationships and hold down a job
So kindly be compassionate towards veterans as they are the ones because of whom you are living free today.
#2: 3 states are home to more than a million veterans: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.5 million), and Texas (1.7 million).
Are you living in any of these states? Must be proud! No?.
#3: In 2013 there were 38,140 veterans who served through all the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras.
Salute to those 38,140 veterans!
#4: Arlington National Cemetery has ceremony on Veterans Day every year to honor those who died during times of war. The ceremonies are held around the Tomb of the Unknowns and at 11:00 AM, on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb.
Want to know a bit of background? Here it is.
On November 11, 1921, an American soldier was buried at the national cemetery in Arlington. His identity was unknown (and his grave site is what we know as today as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). Every year on November 11, the president or a high-ranking member of the government lays a wreath on his grave.
#5: Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is primarily remembered for those died during their service to our country, particularly ones who died as a result of battle. Veterans Day is to acknowledge primarily all those served in the military, either during wartime or peacetime.
#6: In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
Ever heard of changing dates of a festival? Here’s a live example, lol.
#7: The proportion of Veterans living in US is kinda complex, look at it below:
9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
1.8 million veterans are women
Respect Women. Respect Senior Citizens. And all the other veterans too!
#8: Unknown Soldiers from World War II and the Korean War are reburied next to the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
They kinda have good company, no?
#9: November 11th, 1919, was the 1st anniversary of the end of World War One. Armistice Day was originally supposed to honor veterans of WWI, but now it extends to all veterans. Congress made it a national holiday in 1938 and renamed it Veterans Day in 1954
#10: The word “veteran” comes from the Latin word “veteranus,” meaning “old” or “of long experience”