After World War I, many nations celebrated the end of “The Great War” by establishing Armistice Day. Eventually, the holiday was broadened to celebrate those who served in all wars. In the United States after World War II and the Korean War, it was renamed Veterans Day.1
See what you know about this holiday and the people it honors by taking a brief quiz.
1. Approximately, how many veterans live in the United States?
a. 10 million
b. 15 million
c. 20 million
d. 25 million
2. Who suggested Armistice be renamed Veterans Day?
a. Woodrow Wilson
b. Alvin King
c. John Cooper
d. Dwight Eisenhower
3. What famous poem inspired the adoption of a red poppy as a Veterans Day symbol?
a. “Peace” by Rupert Brooke
b. “Fallen” by Alice Corbin Henderson
c. “The Falling Leaves” by Margaret Postgate Cole
d. “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae
4. How can Americans honor those who have served on Veterans Day?
a. Observe the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
b. Participate in local parades and celebrations
c. Recognize and thank veterans for their service
d. All of the above
Freedom Is Never Free. To all veterans, we offer a heartfelt, “Thank you!”
1. C – 20 million veterans live in the United States.2
2. B – Alvin King. “In 1953, Alvin J. King of Emporia, Kansas, proposed that Armistice Day be changed to Veterans Day to recognize and honor American veterans of all wars and conflicts. King came up with the idea after his nephew, John Cooper, was killed in action during World War II,” reported AARP.3
3. D – “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae. The poem opens, “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses row on row…”1, 4
4. D – All of the above: observe the wreath-laying ceremony, participate in local parades and celebrations, and recognize and thank veterans for their service.1, 5
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