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

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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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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