Have you thanked a veteran lately? November 11 is Veterans Day – the perfect holiday for thanking and honoring our country’s military. In celebration of Veterans Day, Dr. Earle King and Dr. Bryan King and our team would like to share a few fun facts about our flag, this national holiday, and our country’s history!
- There are 23.2 million veterans in the U.S.
- The flag was first approved by Congress on June 14, 1777
- Each of the flag’s colors signify different American values- red is for valor and zeal, white is for hope, purity, and cleanliness of life, and blue is for heaven, loyalty, sincerity, justice, and truth
- Research by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helped develop the CAT Scan, the cardiac pacemaker, and the “Seattle Foot” to give those hurt the ability to run and jump
- Veterans Day, a day that was originally called Armistice Day, is a time to thank and honor the men and women who have served in our military.
- When the flag is displayed next to another flag against a wall, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (on the left side when facing the wall).
- There are five states with over 1 million veterans in their population – California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania.
- The VA healthcare system now has 171 medical centers, 126 nursing home care units, and 35 live-in care facilities.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the official legislation for Veterans Day on June 1, 1954, changing the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- Take a Veteran to School Day is a program that was developed by HISTORY in 2007 to connect students and veterans.
- Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving our country, or as a result of injuries incurred in battle. Veterans Day honors and gives thanks to all veterans who served and currently serve our country.
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