November 11th Veterans Days: A Day to Remember Our Armed Forces and Say “Thanks”
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
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Veterans Day each November 11th is our nations way of celebrating and thanking those few among us who stand and have stood at the gates, even sometimes at the gates of hell guarding each one of us and our hard won and God given freedoms. They protect us in the light of day when we are at work and at play. They guard us at night so we can sleep well in our beds. So, it is fitting that we have a day just for them. A day to honor these great American heroes for all that they do and have done for all of us.
Veterans Day / Armed Forces Day or as I like to call it “Warriors Day” is quickly approaching, it will be here before you know it. Veterans Day is marked by flags a waving, speeches, parades, bands a playing and marching, the sounds of a military march on the air, soldiers dressed in their uniforms, pretty girls riding in convertible cars, cookouts, banners, streamers, church services and in many other ways in small towns to large cities across our great land, the “Land of Freedom” a land we all hold dear. It is a day where all can feel proud of our country and what the men and women that have donned the uniform of the armed forces of the united States have done and sacrificed for and still do for us all every day. When I see veterans with their uniforms on, with their ribbons and medals shinning, it just makes me feel proud to be a part of them and their wonderful stories and history. I know many of you feel the same way as well.
It is not too late to start planning what you will do this coming Veterans Day and how you will celebrate this amazing day with the family or a vet. No matter where you live or where you may be stationed, you will not be far away from a Veterans Day event, a fellow soldier, a vet, a veteran’s cemetery, a military base or thousands of other places where vets will gather, or a celebration is being held. If you are in the DC area or will be, make a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, go to the National Mall or a dozen other places in the DC area where you will be sure to find veterans on their special day. When you see these vets, always give them a wave, a smile or even just say “Thanks”. They will appreciate it for sure. If they are a Vietnam vet, then, they can never have it said enough to them because of the way that many were treated when they returned home from doing their duty and standing up to the communist evil of their day. Even today, many a War on Terror vet can get nasty things said to them from a few misguided souls. Their bravery is to be celebrated, not mocked because of someone’s stupid politics or because someone does not know our great history and their sacrifices.
The History of Veterans Day came from the end of the Great War, known as the “War to End of all Wars” or World War I (WWI). The fighting ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (Nov 11, 1918) with an armistice that took place bringing about a stop to all fighting between the Allies and Germany. The armistice held for seven months until June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed outside of the town of Versailles, France, ending the war.
Veterans Day became a legal U.S. holiday to honor the end of that terrible war in 1938, known then as Armistice Day to honor our WWI veterans. As a holiday, Armistice / Veterans Day has had changes and re-changes over the years. In 1954 following World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the holiday by taking out the word "Armistice" and changing it to "Veterans." Then Veterans Day became our day to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day took on a few more changes through the years with dates to celebrate it on but it was all settled in 1975 when President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returning the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, starting in 1978.
Do not confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, please. Memorial Day is the day we set aside to honor those who gave their all, their last full measure for our great country. It is a day to honor our military dead. For the living, we honor them on Veterans Day. So, never say thanks for your service on Memorial Day, but do say it on Veterans Day. Yes, I know, it can be a little confusing. So, no worries.
So, be ready, Veterans / Warriors Day is a coming. Make your plans now, don’t wait till the last minute. Get out and go to a Veterans Day event(s) somewhere, anywhere and say “Thanks” to every vet you meet. If you would a like a more comprehensive list of places to go for Veterans Day, then you can explore The Best Places To Be This Veterans Day by L. Douglas Keeney on other great places to go this Veterans Day. As always –
“Happy trails my friends.”
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