Veterans Day Facts You Never Learned in School

The day was swapped once

Because of its connection to the end of World War I, Veterans Day is November 11, no matter what day of the week that is. (Mostly, but we’ll get to that later.) This differs from Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day, and Thanksgiving, holidays that fall on a specific day of the week, not a specific date. But this wasn’t always the case! In 1968, Congress passed the “Uniform Holidays Act,” which put Veterans Day on the fourth Monday in October. It took effect in 1971—but in 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a law returning it to November 11. Read about the nicest things people have done to honor veterans all year round.

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