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Uncommon Knowledge: Is it Veterans, Veteran’s or Veterans’ Day?

November 11, 2013

Bomb Keychain & Bottle Opener | UncommonGoodsThe punctuation was easier back when it was called Armistice Day. The armistice being celebrated was the one signed at Compiègne, France, which ended the first World War. It went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and has been the occasion for global commemorations ever since. However, by 1954 it was pretty evident that “the war to end all wars” had not actually done so, and Armistice Day was officially expanded to include honoring those who served in all wars. That’s when this holiday, which pays tribute so many who have unselfishly served their country, was also given the new name of Veterans Day—plural, but not possessive.

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  • Reply Tiki Typo November 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This is great! Thank you for sharing.

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