We pay special tribute to the men and women who have served in our country's military on November 11th, Veterans' Day. But it is not just on this day that we should remember those who have made the sacrifices and fought to protect the freedoms we cherish. These brave men and women have and continue to stand ready to defend our country during times of war and peace. They have put themselves on the frontlines and fought for the liberties our nation was built upon and still stands for to this day.
November 11th holds significance as the day we recognize our veterans and the ultimate sacrifice that many have made in their fight to defend our country. November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States to remember the service of our armed forces during World War I. It was made a federal holiday in 1938 and renamed Veterans Day shortly after the end of World War II.
On Veterans Day we thank and recognize all those who have served and protected our country and remember those that gave their lives in defense of our freedom. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are over 22 million veterans living in the United States. This number will continue to grow as our armed service members return home from the current conflicts. We ought never forget or take for granted the service of these individuals. Let us show our deep gratitude for their service by taking time to thank a veteran when you pass them on the street.
I encourage you to on this November 11th, take time to pause and commemorate all those who have served our country's military. Our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude goes out to our veterans for your brave and selfless service and we continue to keep those who are currently serving in our thoughts and prayers.