Veteran’s Day is marked by parades and memorials to honor our veterans as well as those currently serving in the military. Men and women in uniform and parade marchers in patriotic costumes representing military garb throughout history walk the main streets of America as spectators proudly cheer while waving the flag. We remember those who bravely gave their lives and give thanks to all who fought (and who are fighting) for our freedom. If you are not aware of how Veteran’s Day came to be then here is a very brief history below:
The War to end all wars, WWI ended on November 11, 1918 with a cease fire declared at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Great War officially ended months later with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th to be Armistice Day by saying,
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
On October 8th, 1954 President Eisenhower declared Veterans Day a National Holiday with a special proclamation, quoted below:
“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”
Most people reading this don’t know of a time before Veteran’s Day existed so it is nice to know how it came to be.
Veternan’s Day is a time to reflect, give thanks, mourn the loss of the innumerable fallen soldiers and pray for the safe return of those overseas right now. It is also a time to help. There are several Veterans Associations that assist our injured vets and lend a helping hand to the families at home. November is the month for giving thanks and helping a veteran is a great way to do it.