Bet You Didn't Know: History of Veterans Day

This clip describes the history of the Veterans Day in the United States. It states that the holiday was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the truce between the Allies and Germany after World War I. The name of the holiday was changed to honor all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. Also, it explains the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Public Discussion Questions


  1. What was Veterans Day originally called?
  2. How did Veterans day originate?
  3. How did Veterans day change over time?
  4. How many veterans are there in the U.S. today?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the reasons for national patriotic holidays such as Presidents' Day, Veterans Day, and Indep...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations of the community, state, and nation such...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of the following years as turning points: 1898 (Spanish-American War), 1914...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the causes of World War I and reasons for U.S. entry
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze major issues such as isolationism and neutrality raised by U.S. involvement in World War I, ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the causes and impact of World War I. The student is expected to:

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