At Deptford Skating and Fun Center, we want to thank our troops, past and present, for serving our country. With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted to share some fun facts you may not have known about Veterans Day.
- The official symbol of Veterans Day is the poppy. It was inspired by a poem written by John McCrea.
- Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. It was a day declared to commemorate the end of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
- In 1945, a World War II veteran suggested to Gen. Eisenhower that Armistice Day be for all veterans and not just for those who fought in World War I. By 1954 a bill was passed in Congress to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- There are over 22 million veterans across the United States.
- The majority of veterans in New Jersey served during the Vietnam War, followed by the Gulf War and post 9/11 efforts in the War Against Terror.
We hope everyone has a thoughtful Veterans Day in giving thanks to those who served our country.