It’s time, tomorrow, to celebrate all of the heroic people that have served our country on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th. If you know a Veteran, take this time to personally thank them for their service and all of the sacrifices they have made.
It is important to remember the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a time of thanks to our living heroes that have or are currently serving. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of our heroes that gave it all in the line of service.
The history of Veterans Day is an interesting one and many of us are not aware of how this special holiday came about, here is a quick crash-course on Veterans Day:
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The fighting had stopped seven months earlier when an armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month which is why November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
President Wilson, in November of 1919 proclaimed the 11th as the commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Veterans Day was made an official legal holiday on May 13, 1938. It was to be a day that was dedicated to the cause of world peace and would be known as “Armistice Day.” While the holiday was originally set up to honor World War I veterans, after the Second World War, the act was amended in 1938, striking out the word Armistice, changing it to Veterans. On June 1, 1954, the holiday was declared a day to honor living American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation urging the nation to support the Veteran’s Day effort in any way possible.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate and honor our veterans this Veterans Day:
- Wear a red poppy or yellow ribbon to show support for veterans and active duty service members.
- Volunteer at a local VA facility.
- Donate time or money to a local veteran’s organization.
While November 11th is set aside as an official holiday, we should celebrate veterans all year long. Support veteran-owned businesses and express thanks whenever you see a person in uniform. A simple thank you will let them know how much you appreciate their service.
From me and everyone else here at the office, we hope that you have a very happy and safe Veterans Day!