Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
About Veterans Heritage Project
Founded in 2004, and established as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in 2009, Veteran Heritage Project’s™ (VHP) mission is to Connect Students with Veterans™ to Honor Veterans, Preserve America’s Heritage and Develop Future Leaders.
VHP provides middle school, high school, and college students with first-hand civic education by connecting them with veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through VHP’s oral history publishing program, students capture and document veterans’ stories and images, which are permanently preserved in the Library of Congress and through the student publication Since You Asked™.
VHP student authors are the largest contributors to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, having preserved over 2,000 veteran stories. The curriculum is designated a Character Education Program by the Arizona Department of Education and is aligned with Arizona's College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. VHP also operates a veteran lecture series for partner schools and community groups, helps chapters connect into their local communities through civic engagement activities, and provides competitive college scholarships.