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This Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor our country’s active and retired servicemen and women. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 and initially celebrated veterans of World War I. In 1954, a bill expanding the holiday to veterans of all wars passed and was amended six days later to officially make the holiday’s name Veterans Day.
From discounts at restaurants to parades on city streets, this Friday will be dedicated to the men and women who have fought for our country’s freedom.
Veterans Day Facts:
- There are approximately 22 million veterans in the United States, 1.6 million of which are women.
- California is home to more veterans than any other state in the country.
- There are approximately 50,000 homeless veterans in the U.S.
- The 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) reveals that veteran women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing enterprises in the entrepreneurial community. In 2012, there were 384,548 veteran women-owned businesses in the United States, an increase of 287,435 or 296 percent since 2007.
Thanking our Veterans:
- Free entry to national parks that charge admission
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow free admission to active and retired service members and one guest
- Restaurants like Applebee’s, IHOP and Red Robin invite active duty military guests and veterans to enjoy free food and drink
- Retailers like Sears, Macy’s and Amazon.com will offer Veterans Day sales
- Veterans Day parades in cities across the country
Today is a day to honor and celebrate our veterans and active duty military members. Here at NAWRB, it has always been an important priority to thank our veterans for their sacrifice and contributions to our country, and we encourage everyone to do so.