Happy Veterans Day! Veterans Day and, of course, veterans themselves are inspirational. We all owe our gratitude and appreciation to veterans. Members of our military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and their families deserve our thanks and appreciation.
Veterans Day started as Armistice Day in 1919 by President Wilson to commemorate the end of World War I. On June 28, 1919 the Treat of Versailles actually signed to officially end the war, however hostilities of “The Great War” actually ended at 11:00 on November 11th of 1918. President Wilson began Armistice Day to thank and celebrate veterans of World War I. The United States Congress declared the observance of the day a holiday in 1927. Armistice Day officially became Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate all veterans. Some states celebrated the holiday on the fourth Monday of October from 1971 until 1977. In 1978, the observance of the holiday was moved back to November 11th due to a law signed by President Ford.
The day is celebrated to other Allied countries as well. Remembrance Day became a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations. Its celebration includes silence at 11:00 which marks the time of armistice.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday. Flags are flown to commemorate the holiday and non-essential federal government offices are closed. It is a paid holiday for federal employees. The United States Marine Corps celebrates its birthday on November 10th and Veterans Day on November 11th.
Remember to help, thank, and honor all of America’s veterans today. These patriotic members of the United States have served and sacrificed for the good of all of us. 11-11. Be inspired! Have a bright day!