As a child I remember Veteran’s Day as simply a day I had no school, could sleep in, and then got to go out to dinner with my family where we received discounts (My mom was active duty military for 26 years).
It wasn’t until I was in middle school and September 11, 2001 hit that I realized the true impact and history of Veteran’s Day. So what exactly is the history of Veteran’s Day?
Veteran’s Day marks the anniversary of Armistice or Remembrance Day. This is the day when major hostilities ended World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
November 11, 1919: President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day to celebrate those American’s who served and died in the name of their country.
November 11, 1920: France and the United Kingdom hold ceremonies honoring those who died in World War I
1921: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is approved.
November 11, 1921: A declared Federal holiday for all those who participated in the war
1926: Congress asks President Calvin Coolidge to issue a proclamation which will officially marks November 11 as an observance of Armistice Day.
1941 – 1945, 1950 – 1953: World War II and the Korean War create millions more additional war veterans.
1971: Veteran’s Day is moved to the fourth Monday of October
November 11, 1978: Veteran’s Day returns to November 11.
And since then we as American’s have celebrated and recognized all military service veteran’s who have served our country with honor. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in service of our country.
What can you do to celebrate Veteran’s Day?
1. Watch the Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
2. Volunteer or Donate to a Veteran’s Hospital. Every little things, whether it be time or money makes a difference. Visiting the website will allow you to select your state and see what your local VA Hospital needs.
3. Join Soldier’s Angels. This is a volunteer-led, non profit organization which provides aid and comfort to the military and their families.
4. Go to an Veteran’s Day Observance. Many cities across the United States hold observances on November 11. Check online is the easiest way to find one closest to you.
5. Visit a Memorial
Memorials for Veteran’s Day
The Three Soldiers. National Mall in Washington, DC
Vietnam Wall. Washington DC
Pearl Harbor Memorial. Honolulu, Hawaii
Iwo Jima Memorial. Arlington, Virginia
Flight 93 Memorial. Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.
These are only a few of the many, many memorials throughout the United States. Please check out your state to see if one is by you.
Question of the Day
What are you doing for Veteran’s Day?