On Friday we celebrated Veteran's Day - a day to recognize and honor those who have served our country.
The brave men and women who serve and protect the United States come from all walks of life - they're parents and grandparents, doctors, mechanics and even software developers.
At Spud Software we are grateful to those who have served our country, and we wanted to honor Veteran's day with a few facts about our men and women in uniform.
Did You Know*?
- There are approximately 21 million military veterans in the United States.
- 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
- 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
- 2 million veterans are women.
- In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
If you're looking for simple ways to honor a veteran, here are some ideas:
- Say "thank you" to a veteran. It may seem like a small gesture, but they really do appreciate it.
- When you see a soldier or veteran eating at a restaurant, pick up the tab for their dinner.
- Donate to the USO.
- Visit a local retirement home and chat with some elderly veterans who will share their stories.
- Grant a wounded warrior's wish.
To all those who have served and all those who are serving, everyone at Spud Software thanks you.