HARRISBURG – Today we celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who currently serve and have served in our armed forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, it first marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate the contributions of veterans of all wars. Many communities will be offering Veterans Day tributes and services. PA’s General Assembly recently adopted a new law, Act 129 of 2022, formerly House Bill 2361, designating June 12 of each year as Women Veterans Day in the Commonwealth. There are currently more than 71,000 female veterans residing in PA. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, by 2040 it is estimated that women will make up roughly 17% of the total veteran population.