All of Canada's war dead to be Tweeted

OTTAWA, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Canadian newspaper said Wednesday it will serialize the names and details of every Canadian soldier killed in conflict since World War I on Twitter.

Why some say the date 11/11/11 is special

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Some say Nov. 11, 2011, holds special significance because the date can also be written 11/11/11, but a U.S. researcher says it has no "mystical significance."

U.S. Labor Department announces overhaul to veterans program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis released data Thursday that indicated a large spike in unemployment among African-American veterans.
Free days at U.S. national parks announced

Free days at U.S. national parks announced

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Admission to America's national parks will be free on 17 days in 2012 to encourage people to explore the nation's natural beauty, officials said Monday.

Council's Pledge decision sparks criticism

EUGENE, Ore., June 29 (UPI) -- Officials in Eugene, Ore., said the City Council's decision to recite the Pledge of Allegiance four times a year yielded complaints from out of state.
Sex offender arrested after school visit

Sex offender arrested after school visit

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An Army veteran who read to children at a California school was arrested after authorities found out he was a convicted molester, police said.

Plans for hoops game on carrier advancing

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Plans for a college basketball game to be played aboard an aircraft carrier are moving forward, University of North Carolina officials said Tuesday.
National Parks announce fee-free days

National Parks announce fee-free days

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The National Park Service says it will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates in 2011 and encourages all Americans to visit a U.S. national park this year.

Free AK-47 offered with truck purchase

SANFORD, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida truck dealer is offering free AK-47 assault rifles to customers who purchase used trucks.
Americans say thanks to armed forces

Americans say thanks to armed forces

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. military personnel around the world were honored Thursday, with speeches, wreath-laying ceremonies and thanks offered in the blogosphere.

Pain management help for U.S. soldiers

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- In time for Veterans Day, a U.S. health group announced many who served in the military will again have the cost of some pain treatments covered.

Obama calls for North to change course

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- President Obama's Veterans Day speech in South Korea Thursday included a call to North Korea to change course.

Veterans Day: Good day to quit tobacco

BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Smokers' Quitline is urging U.S. troops to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, officials with the New York state organization say.
U.S. economy, on Obama's mind as he travels to Asia

U.S. economy, on Obama's mind as he travels to Asia

Despite catching flak from political observers on the timing, U.S. President Obama began a 10-day tour of Asia this weekend meant to strengthen ties and expand markets for U.S. exports.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

U.S. flags burned in front of Ohio homes

WOOSTER, Ohio, June 1 (UPI) -- About 15 American flags, which are part of a Rotary Parade of Flags project in an Ohio town, were burned Tuesday, officials said.
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Veterans Day
A United States Marine salutes fallen comrades on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended 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 with the German signing of the Armistice.) The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.[1] History The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."[2] The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'." In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas man named Alvin King, the owner of a shoe repair shop, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. King had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11 to honor all veterans. With the help of U.S. Representative Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.[3] Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[4][5] Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. Since this change, there has been a trend against being closed on the holiday. It began with businesses (excluding banks) and in recent years some schools and local governments have also chosen to remain open.[citation needed]

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