Veterans Day Gets A Google Doodle

By: Chris Crum - November 11, 2013

Today is Veterans Day in the United States, and Google is honoring veterans with a homepage doodle.

When the user clicks, they’re presented with a query for “veterans day,” and Google’s quick answer result:

Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day 2013).

The top organic search result is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and gives the user a history of Veterans Day. Here’s an excerpt:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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…”

Click over to read the whole story.

The second most relevant result, according to Google, is another page from the site, showing a map of community celebrations around the country.

After that, it gets into news results, the obligatory Wikipedia entry, and results from and

Google first began acknowledging the day with doodles in 2007 after being criticized for not doing so in previous years. Here are three past Veterans Day doodles from Google from 2007, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Google Veterans Day Doodle 2007

Google Doodle for Veterans Day 2011

Google Doodle for Veterans Day 2012

Bing is also honoring veterans with a homepage image today.

Veterans Day on Bing

Last week, Google ran an interesting doodle celebrating the 129th birthday of psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach. You can see more of Google’s recent doodles here.

In the UK today, Google is showing a flower on the homepage for Remembrance Day.

Google honors Remembrance Day in UK

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  • T.P.

    I watched TV last night and noticed that the media pushes the WWII era a lot. History channel and the Military channel do this all the time. I understand being patriotic and pushing the patriotic agenda, but I am sorry, the country that fought WWII is not the country of today.

    We are fighting useless, senseless wars and our soldiers are dying for nothing. Nothing is changing. Bring them all home. I would like to see a day when we honor people that prevent wars as much as those that fight them. After all, it is never the politicians or the rich that die. It is always the poor fighting for those people.

    Nothing against soldiers. I fully understand that soldiers fight for their brothers in arms. I respect that. But the reality is that we are fighting for nothing and our kids are dying. The war on terror never end and if we don’t stop the madness, we will be seeing caskets come home year after year for decades.

    Here is a video by Michio Kaku on what actually makes a country strong. Peace and a good economy makes a country strong and safe.

    This one is about policy:

    This next one is about the education system. It is very good.

  • Bravo

    Bravo. A Google webpage. Bring our troops home like we promised 5 years ago. You remember all those campaign promises right? Something to do with change. Bringing troops home. Closing Gitmo. Revitalizing the economy.

    Troops still aren’t home. Gitmo is still running. The economy is revitalized for the rich. Enough is enough.

    But Bravo. A web page. I am sure that comforts the parent who lost a child in 12 years of useless wars.

  • carol watson

    I think it is amazing that with all the African Americans that have served, they could not find room for one brown cartoon is this doodle.

  • PeterCa

    Carol Watson — look closer!