veterans day


First, we would like to extend our sincere admiration and gratitude to the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in the United States Military. Your dedication and sacrifice is a great part of what makes this country such a wonderful place to live.

Now, how about a couple fun Veterans Day facts?

  • Did you know that the Veterans Day we celebrate today was instituted by President Wilson in 1919 as ‘Armistice Day’? Coming on the heels of what was then known as The Great War (World War I), Wilson declared this day to be  one “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
  • It wasn’t until May 13, 1938 that an Act was passed to declare the day an official legal holiday in the United States.
  • On October 8, 1938, President Eisenhower issued the first ‘Veterans Day Proclamation’ that officially changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In Britain, people often observe two minutes of silence in honor of veterans at 11 am on November 11th.

Lets talk deals!

A number of local businesses as well as chains are offering some great deals for Veterans Day this year, like a free meal at Chik-fil-A or a free doughnut and coffee from Krispy Kreme. Check out the full list of deals for Richmond here, as well as this comprehensive nationwide list , but most places require proof of service so don’t forget to bring your ID!


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the detailed history on its website, which you can check out here for more information.

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