The Washington Hospitality Association is proud to honor our veterans on this Veterans Day. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 16.2 million veterans in the United States in 2022, 1.7 million of whom are women.  

Of the U.S. veterans, 26.5% are older than 75.  

The U.S. Department of Defense says on its website that there is no apostrophe in Veterans Day because it does not belong to any one or group of veterans but instead honors all veterans. It differs from Memorial Day, which honors those who have given their lives in service. 

Traditionally, it is observed on Nov. 11 every year, regardless of the day of the week in which it falls. In other countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, it is known as Remembrance Day. 

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday in 1938, and President Dwight Eisenhauer changed its name to Veterans Day to celebrate and honor all who served, both living and dead, in war and in peacetime. 

To those veterans in the hospitality industry and all who served in our nation’s armed forces, thank you for your service.