Veterans Day was celebrated for the first time in 1919. Originally known as Armistice Day, the end of World War I was observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1919. In 1954, following the end of World War II and the Korean Conflict, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day.
Tomb of the Unknowns was created in 1921. The tomb originally housed the remains of a serviceman killed in World War I. Later the remains of soldiers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam were added. However, DNA results in 1994 identified the Vietnam veteran, and his remains were moved to another national cemetery. Usually the President and other dignitaries hold ceremonies at the tomb.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial opened in Washington, DC, in 1993. The bronze sculpture honors the 11,500 women who served in the Vietnam War. The three women in the sculpture are named Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Children can complete simple activities that would mean a great deal to veterans. One of the simplest activities is to make cards and send them to family or friends who are veterans.