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cheekyme
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:19:40 AM
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Which is correct:

Veterans Day,
Veteran's Day,
Veterans' Day?


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TheParser
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:25:08 AM
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Hello, Cheekyme:

I have great news: all are "correct" -- in my opinion.

It just depends on which one you prefer.

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1. Veterans' Day

a. This is probably how it started. It is not actually the possessive. It's something called the genitive. That is, "Day for Veterans."


2. Veteran's Day

a. Then some people started spelling it this way. Why? I don't know. Maybe some people felt that No. 1 was weird-looking. Maybe when they heard someone say the term, they thought of the singular word.

3. Veterans Day

a. This seems to be the most popular spelling today in American newspapers, etc.

b. Americans do not like unnecessary apostrophes. They consider them to just be clutter.

c. No. 3 looks nice and clean, don't you think?



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This also applies to Presidents' Day / President's Day / Presidents Day.

And to Customers' Parking / Customer's Parking / Customer Parking [note the singular "customer"].
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:12:59 AM

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Veteran's Day sounds like it's a day dedicated for only one veteran; a birthday maybe?
Veterans Day and Veterans' sound both ok, but I think Veterans Day is mostly used.
As Parser said, none of these are incorrect.


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