We’ve talked about how much we love veterans before, and particularly how veterans deserve praise and honor all year round. VMI has an entire team called the Veteran Advocate Center dedicated to veterans interested in wheelchair vans. Now the day is finally upon us where we can celebrate with BBQs, parades, speeches and more. But before you start celebrating, check how much you truly know about the holiday and its history with these 11 Veterans Day trivia questions and answers.
ONE: True or False: Veterans are only living men and women who have served in the armed forces. Click for Answer.
TWO: What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Click for Answer.
THREE: Veterans Day was originally known as:
- A.) Armistice Day
- B.) Armed Forces Day
- C.) Soldiers’ Day Click for Answer.
FOUR: True or False: Veterans Day is technically the fourth Monday in October because Congress passed a bill that changed all federal holidays to Mondays to ensure extended weekends in 1968. Click for Answer.
FIVE: What president changed the holiday’s name to Veterans Day in 1954? Click for Answer.
SIX: What president first recognized November 11 as Armistice Day? Click for Answer.
SEVEN: Which state has the largest population of veterans: Arizona, California or Texas? Click for Answer.
EIGHT: True or False: Many people in Britain, Europe and a handful of other countries recognize Veterans Day on November 11 by listening to the United States’ National Anthem at 11 a.m. Click for Answer.
NINE: True or False: There are 100 VA Medical Centers in the United States; two per each state. Click for Answer.
TEN: What is the highest honor in the military: The Purple Heart or The Medal of Honor? Click for Answer.
ELEVEN: What percent of veterans are female: 23, 46 or 10? Click for Answer.
ONE: False. Men and women who served in the armed forces and are no longer alive are still considered veterans.
TWO: Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the men and women who died serving our country. Veterans Day is a time to honor people who served, living and dead.
THREE: A.) Armistice Day
FOUR: False. Congress did pass a bill that changed the holiday’s date, but many Americans felt there was cultural significance in the original date. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation returning the holiday to November 11.
FIVE: President Dwight D. Eisenhower
SIX: Woodrow Wilson in 1918, but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1938.
SEVEN: California has the largest population of veterans at 1,851,470. Texas has a population of 1,680,417; and Arizona has a population of 532,206.
EIGHT: False. Many people in Britain, Europe and a handful of other countries honor World War I and World War II veterans on November 11 by observing two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.
NINE: False. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 168 VA Medical Centers in the United States that serve more than 8.9 million veterans each year. Furthermore, the Veterans Health Administration provides health care at more than 1,200 facilities.
TEN: The Medal of Honor.
ELEVEN: 10 percent, as of data taken in October 2015 by the Department of Veterans Affairs.