What Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

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  • Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
  • In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 9% of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 are still alive as of 2018.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2015, 3.89 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2017, the top 3 states with the highest percentage of veterans among their population: Alaska, Montana & Maine.
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 170 medical centers; more than 1,063 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics.

 

Find Out Where You Can Be Apart Of Veterans Day Celebrations

Your Guide To November

A highlight of this month’s happenings.

 

 

 

 Veterans Day 

 The Dept. of Veterans Affairs estimates there are around 19 million veterans in the U.S. You probably know one — so hug a vet today!

Are you ready to take your recycling game to the next level? Take the pledge!

 

 

 
Take a Hike Day 

 Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned hiker, find a trail near you and enjoy the scenic wilderness in your area.

  

 

 Education Support Professionals Day 

 Show some love to your school’s front office staff, bus drivers, security staff, and other support staff who contribute to a child’s education.

 


Thanksgiving 

 The practice of sending turkeys to the White House began in the 1870s. In 1989, George H.W. Bush granted the first official turkey “pardon.”

 

 

 

​​Small Business Saturday 

 Support neighborhood businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends in the year by choosing to shop local.

 

 

While nearly any warmer-than-usual day in fall is often called Indian summer, a true Indian summer must have these traits:

  • Occurs between Nov. 11 and Nov. 20

  • Warm weather following a period of true cold weather or a hard frost

  • A hazy atmosphere

  • Clear and cool nights, in significant contrast to the daytime temperatures

Produce in season this month includes apples, arugula, bok choy, cauliflower, chard, endive, leeks, onions, parsnips, pears, pumpkins, radishes, and spinach.

 

 

Your Guide to New England Fall Events 

New England Fall Events is your best guide for seasonal fun and fall activities

We have state-by-state guides to the best PYO apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food festivals, harvest celebrations, and events for the fall season. New England Fall Events makes it easy to create new fall traditions and priceless family memories. This is a guide for New Englanders, by New Englanders.

Slow down and savor New England’s fall culture and traditions by celebrating the orchards, farms, small businesses, seasonal attractions, fall festivals, and local food which are the very fabric of our communities.

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http://newenglandfallevents.com/

If you could help fight cancer…

For over 14 years, I have walked The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. It started in memory of my Nana, losing her at 8 yrs old has made me want to make a difference and fight to battle cancer for others.

We have all sadly known someone inflicted with this disease. I have had to stop counting.

Cancer effects everyone and its not going away, but we can definitely fight it, we can create treatments, and we can support those who are faced with it.

I’m happily walking 26.2 miles to raise money for Dana Farber on September 22nd.

A small $5 donation will go a very long way. (Where does your money go?)

 

Those that are diagnosed, need you….those who unfortunately will hear the dreaded 3 little words of “you have cancer”, need you. Those children living their childhood in a hospital, need you.

 
I have met countless Dana Farber patients who cheer us on along the route…here are a few of the courageous kids…

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Your Guide To August

Wrap up summer with these key dates.

 

National Night Out

A night of neighborhood block parties designed to promote stronger, safer communities. Find a local event near you

 

 


Purple Heart Day

Recognizes recipients of the Purple Heart Medal — the oldest military decoration — which is awarded to soldiers wounded or killed in combat.

 

 

 

National Garage Sale Day

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Plan a successful garage sale with these tips.

 

 

International Youth Day

This year’s “Transforming Education” theme highlights the need for inclusive and accessible education for young people across the globe.

 

 

 

National Nonprofit Day

A day dedicated to all the charitable organizations that exist to make the world a better place. How can you give back?

 

 

Senior Citizens Day

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

 

 

Sandwiched between the Summer Blockbuster season and the back-to-school rush, August is considered a “dump month” for movie releases.

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency following the Watergate scandal.

This year’s U.S. Open runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. Game, set, match!

August is the birth month of Lucille Ball, Louis Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, and Julia Child.

Your Guide To July

Hot fun in the summertime.

 

 

Wimbledon Championships Begin

Started in 1877, Wimbledon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship.

 

 

 

 

World UFO Day

Do aliens exist? Are flying saucers real? Look to the skies: The truth is out there!

 

 

 

 

Independence Day

It’s America’s 243rd birthday party, and we’re all invited! Happy Independence Day!

 

 

 

 

World Emoji Day

 When you’re unsure what to say, let emojis do the talking!

 

 

 

 

National Ice Cream Day

The perfect way to take a break from the summer heat. Go ahead, get that extra scoop.

 

 

 

International Day of Friendship

“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” — Edna Buchanan

 

 

 

 

 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the MLB All-Star Games, first held on July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.

The “dog days of summer,” which run from July 3 through August 11, are often thought of as the hottest days of the year. While that may be true, the phrase actually refers to the sun’s orientation with Sirius — aka the Dog Star.

Summer Activities in Billerica!

Looking for some quality family fun right here in town? Well mark your calendars!

Start the summer off with the Summer Kick Off This Saturday!

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Then Head off to the Lampson and camp out at the The Great American Campout!

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And don’t miss out on FREE Movie nights!

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While we are at it, let’s put a rocking fun break in the
week with
 The  Summer Concert Series

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But wait…It doesn’t end there…you can take the kids to the Splash Pad at Warren Manning Park! Walk the Trails and play in the water!

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Head to the Beach! Micozzi Beach that is! Play in the sand…rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle boards…play some volleyball…or go fishing! 

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Enjoy Billerica in the Summer!

For more information check out the Billerica Recreation Website or the Town Of Billerica Website