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

Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Reuters/Andrew Kelly

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.

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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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