Veterans Day 2015

Daily News Article - November 11, 2015

Questions

For answers to the questions below, go to www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.
(For further information on Veterans Day, go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  at www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday.)

1.  On what day is Veterans Day officially observed every year?

2.  What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

3.  When was Veterans Day made a national legal holiday (by an act of Congress)?

4.  a) Why was Veterans Day called Armistice Day until 1954? Be specific.
b) Why was it changed?

5.  Who was the first president to issue a Veterans Day Proclamation? In what year did he do so?

6. a) Ask a grandparent how Veterans Day was commemorated when he/she was a teenager.
b) Ask a parent the same question.

7.  Do you have any relatives, friends or neighbors who are veterans?  What do you think is the best way to acknowledge their service?

Read about Veterans Day at about.com.

NOTE: An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, since it might be just a cessation (a pause or stopping) of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace. The treaty between the Allies and Germany to end World War I is an example of a famous armistice.