Image description: These photos are from Veterans Day events at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Navy Memorial, the National World War ll Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.
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Photos by Robert Turtil, PrisCilla Kates, Emerson Sanders, James Lucas and Lea Holcer, Department of Veterans Affairs.
From the National Archives:
Did you know that President Ford signed legislation to ensure Veterans Day wouldn’t fall on Monday every year?
Since World War I the United States traditionally commemorated Veterans Day on November 11, which had formerly been recognized as Armistice Day. The “Monday holiday” law passed in 1968 established a uniform holiday schedule for the Federal Government but as a consequence moved the observance of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
Although the official Federal holiday was observed on Mondays for several years many people continued to hold commemorations on November 11 as well. In September 1975 President Ford signed into law S.331 officially designating the original date as Veterans Day.
“I believe restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 will help preserve in the hearts and lives of all Americans the spirit of patriotism, the love of country and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good symbolized by this very special day,” President Ford said in his signing statement.
-from the Ford Library
Today is Veterans Day. Find ways to honor America’s veterans and learn more about the holiday.
Image description: U.S. Army Spc. Brett Hyde, with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, performs sentinel duty at the Tomb of the Unknowns before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
Every year a ceremony is held on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. It begins with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
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Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr., U.S. Army.
Veterans Day honors those who’ve served in the United States Armed Forces.
Every November 11, a national ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank military veterans. Parades, ceremonies, exhibits, and other tributes to veterans also take place in communities throughout the United States.
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