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November 11, 2011

11-11-11 Veterans Day and an Interesting Date

Veterans Day is a holiday on November 11th where each year we take the day to remember and celebrate all the soldiers who have fought for our freedom. There are around 24 million current veterans living in the United States. This is a great day to find some way to thank them. If you know someone who is a veteran be sure to thank them and tell them how much you appreciate their willingness to put their life on the line for your freedom.

National Veterans Day Ceremony

Each year a special ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery just outside of Washington DC. At 11am a wreath is set on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then various dignitaries talk including the President of the United States.

History of Veterans Day

November 11th was first declared a holiday in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. It was first called Armistice Day or Remembrance Day and celebrated the end to World War I. The war ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. The day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill to make it official. For a period of time the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday of October, however, it was moved back to November 11th in 1978.

Interesting things about 11-11-11

This year Veterans Day falls on an interesting date: 11-11-11. That is the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 2011. There are lots of superstitions around this day. The number 11 was considered evil in the Middle Ages because it was between to lucky numbers, 10 and 12. The combination of three evil numbers on a single day would have surely scared the superstitious people of that time.

The year of 2011 has a number of interesting dates including: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11.

The number 11 has some interesting facts: Back to Kids News

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