Veterans Day, the day we honor all soldiers, living and deceased, is celebrated every November 11th, and is often confused with Memorial Day (which happens in May and is to honor the fallen). Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day upon creation on November 11, 1919, and was changed in 1954. There was a short period where the Holiday was celebrated in October instead of on November 11th, but it in 1975 it was changed back due to historical significance of the date. After all, even though WWI ended when the treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, prior to that, fighting ceased when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect, making November 11, 1918 a day thought of as the end of “the war to end all wars”.
We are not the only country who chooses to honor those serving. According the to the History Website, “Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.”
Even if you are not a person who loves history, this is one of those moments we should all take note and be involved . It does not take much to show someone gratitude for your day to day safety. Take the time today to appreciate those that have served, I know I plan to, and for now, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU!!!
For more information on the history of Veterans Day please click here there are interesting facts surrounding this holiday.