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Veterans Day: Remembering Those Who Served
Thank You to All Veterans from the Fund

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. Originally called Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson established the holiday in November 1919. An armistice occurs when warring parties agree to stop fighting, and the original Armistice Day recognized the end of World War I when hostilities ceased at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month). The day originally only honored veterans of World War I and established a day dedicated to world peace. On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each year.

World War II required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the nation’s history. After American forces fought in Korea and at the urging of veterans' services organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." At the approval of the amendment on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is a day to thank all those who honorably served in the military in times of war or peace. It is also a time to honor organizations that have developed programs and services to aid military families. For more than 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has provided continuous service to the men and women in America’s military and to the families they must leave behind.

ASYMCA operates many programs and services around the world with the help of a network of selfless, dedicated volunteers. Some programs are carried out at specific ASYMCA branch locations, while others operate at multiple branch locations. Programs are customized to meet the specific needs of their communities.

Nationally, ASYMCA offers a number of services to families, especially children, of military personnel. The Operation Kid Comfort program provides custom-made, personalized quilts to children of deployed service members. Operation Hero helps children experiencing temporary difficulties in school, both socially and academically, due to frequent moves and family disruptions related to deployments.

On the local level, ASYMCA facilities provide military families with counseling and support groups, medical and therapeutic assistance, training and education courses, recreation and fitness services, holiday meals, and social opportunities.

ASYMCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. A national member association of the YMCA of the USA, it is entirely self-funded through individual donations, corporate contributions, and a standing YMCA endowment that pays for military programs and services in full. Except for contracts for services, ASYMCA receives no funding from the U.S. government.