Every November 11, Americans celebrate Veterans Day. The federal holiday honors the brave men and women of the armed forces of the United States, who often risk their lives to protect others. This includes anyone who has served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. The old honors all military veterans, including those still with us, while the latter pays tribute to those who died in service.
US President Woodrow Wilson established Armistice Day – as it was then called – November 11, 1919, in honor of the brave soldiers of the First World War. The date marked the first anniversary of November 11, 1918, armistice, Where cease-fire agreement between the allied nations and Germany. The OK ultimately led to the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the “Great War” on June 28, 1919. Armistice Day was declared a federal holiday in 1938 and renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include soldiers who fought in World War II (1939 -1945) and the Korean War (1950 -1953).
Veterans Day continued to be celebrated annually on November 11 until the promulgation of the Uniform Public Holidays Bill of 1968. Designed to allow Americans to take advantage of three-day weekends, it changed the dates of four federal holidays – Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day – in one predetermined On Monday. Under this bill, Veterans Day has been moved to the fourth Monday in October.
But because of the date importance, many states continued commemorate Veterans Day November 11. On September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford ended the confusion by bringing the celebration back to its original date. The law came into effect in 1978, and since then Veterans Day has always been observed on November 11. Many other countries also honor their soldiers on November 11. France and New Zealand still call this holiday Armistice Day, while the UK, Australia and Canada call it Remembrance Day. Malta and South Africa celebrate it as Poppy Day.
Many Americans celebrate Veterans Day by participant in their town or town parades. There are many other ways to appreciate the brave soldiers. Invite your family’s veterans or district for a meal and discover their experiences. You can also deliver food and supplies to a nearby veterans’ center, or better yet, spend time with soldiers who are too old or too injured to leave their homes.
Happy Veterans Day!
Resources: History.com, VA.gov