Veterans Day: 5 Interesting facts about the holiday's history

Veterans Day
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Every Nov. 11, the United States remembers those who fought for the country in a federal holiday known as Veterans Day.

The observance is often celebrated with parades, honoring veterans of various conflicts, and, for some parts of the nation, a day off school or work.

Veterans Day also has an extensive history going back to the end of World War I, a global conflict in which the U.S. played a belated yet important part.

Here are five interesting facts about the history of Veterans Day. They include its original name, its broadened focus, and how it was briefly celebrated in October.

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