Veterans Day

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.

The History of Veterans Day

In 1947, Raymond Weeks, of Birmingham Ala., organized a “Veterans Day” parade on November 11th to honor all of America’s veterans for their loyal and dedicated service. Shortly thereafter, Congressman Edward H. Rees (Kansas) introduced legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to honor all veterans who have served the United States in all wars.

Celebrating the Veterans Day Holiday

1. Veterans Day National Ceremony

At exactly 11 a.m., each November 11th, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military branches, renders honors to America’s war dead during a heart-moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Hang a flag. Hang the American flag to show your patriotism. Many people will remember veterans who served in war by seeing the flag swaying in the breeze.
  • Have a Veterans’ Day feast. You could do it with your own family, or you could invite the whole community with all the veterans.
  • Conveying greeting to Veterans. Greeting Organization by school, Veterans service association, volunteer etc visit and entertain all the veterans.
  • Publish words of thanks. You may want to submit a letter to the editor, or even write a poem and submit it to a contest about why you love your country, and what freedom means to you.
  • Wear a Poppy. A poppy is a special symbol for veterans.

2. Federal government holiday observance

Federal government holiday observance (for federal employees, including military) is established by federal law. 5 U.S.C. 6103 establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees: New Year’s Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

3. National Veterans Awareness Week

United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov.11 through Nov. 17, 2001, as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Wear Your Medals on Veterans Day

The Department of Veterans Affairs calls on all veterans to express their patriotism and pride on Veterans Day through a display of medals. The Veterans Pride campaign was launched to promote veterans wearing their military medals on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.

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