Every year on November 11 Americans celebrates Veterans Day to honor millions of men and women who are served or are serving in a nation’s armed forces. But, you probably don’t know the whole story behind the holiday.
It wasn’t original call the Veterans Day. First, it was Armistice Day to memory on the truce signed between Allies and Germany in World War I which is signed on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918. One year after this important meeting, the USA celebrated the first Armistice Day. Later America began honoring unknown soldiers on Armistice Day, a tradition that continues even today. This holiday celebrated with army parades and color guard ceremony representing all branches of the military.
In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day following a national campaign to honor all veterans, not just those who served in WWI. But, if you think that this holiday was celebrated on November 11 from the beginning, you would be wrong. In 1968 Congress moved Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October. It was not until 1975 when president Gerald Ford returned it to November 11. That’s where it sits on the calendar even today.
Veterans Day honors all Americans veterans living and dead. Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have a day off.
On this holiday, we won’t forget to say thanks to all who served their country, for their patriotism, love of their nation and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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Veterans day mean the world to me as if it wasnt for our Brave Men and Wemon we wouldnt be free today as my Grandfather was in world war II and he paid the ultimate price as he couldnt live wi th h the things he saw and lived in that war after he came back he drank everyday after not able to cope with the nightmares i couldnt emagine seeing what our soldiers see and lived thru let alone the prisoners of war i cry just thinking about it my grandfather died at age 50 from it my father was also in the military as he went thru it himself he also died at a young age of 50 so all my respect goes to our military i thank every man and woman i see for serving for all of us they put there lives on the line in battle and give tthere freedom up for all of us not just here in america either they fight for whats right in all corners of the world so when u see a military man or woman give thanks they deserve this and alot more but u would be suprised how a thank you maked them feel .
Thank you TO all the USA military personal and there familys and my condolences to those who died please RIP and give my absalute THANK YOU
DAVID L. DAVIS
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Veterans day to me is as important as the air that we breath. It is a day that we as Americans get to go above and beyond for the selfless brave men and women who put their lives on the line so that we may continue to wake up each day with the freedoms that we have. It is a day to let them know just how much their sacrifices mean to us and show them that we are there for them more then we do on a daily basis. It is our way of trying to give back to them even though it will never compare to the things they have gone through for us. I lived married to the military for 8 years and I have seen the heartache of loss and at the same time I also saw what hope and unconditional love for your fellow brother in arms looks like and that is something to be admired and respected. In my opinion these heroes deserve so much more because they have given us so much more. Veterans day is a day of remembering those we have lost and thanking those that are still around to thank and for me its about hope and coming together to remind each other that we are not so different. I thank each and every Veteran for they are amazing men and women who have stood in the face of many dangers for people they have never met knowing they may never make it home. That is really the most selfless act that anyone could ever do and they do it everyday without a second thought. So lets make it a point today to thank them and show them the same respect and love that they have shown us for so long.
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Thank you that means a lot to me because my grandfather fought in the Korean war and when he came home he married my grandmother and they were each others one and only love and were together until the day he passed but he suffered from PTSD and it played a serious role in their relationship but he was the greatest man I ever knew and I miss him dearly..
TO ME VETERENS DAY MEANS TO RESPECT AND HONOR THE SAILORS AND SOLDIERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING. IT ALSO MEANS TO HONOR THE SAILORS AND SOLDIERS THAT HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST AND THE ONES CURRENTLY SERVING. I SERVED FOR 4 YEARS AS A SAILOR BUT I CANT HONOR MYSELF BUT I CAN GIVE HONOR TO THOSE I JUST MENTIONED. username: navysnipe
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I guess to me Veterans Day is a day that I remember my grandfather and many of my friends grandfathers. I think about how most of them were so young when they went of to the war, and how there was no question their young minds that what they were fighting for was just. Young minds all around the world all shared one common thread, one that united and separated them at the same time. They were all convinced their side was the good, that their adversaries
were all mislead and wrong. Veterans day makes me think of millions of lives cut short in the name of war. It makes me think about our present age and what would life be like if history repeats itself, which it often does. The old way is coming to an end. Of that I am sure. People around the world will not be so quick to blindly follow the powers that be into the fires of eternity. Follow them into the romantic, violent melancholy that is war. So please on this veterans day, be kind and smile at your fellow men and women. No matter our differences. We cannot afford to repeat history this time. If we do, we as a Human race might become just that, History. Aloha
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