Veterans Day is Friday, November 11. And while many people look at the national holiday as just another day off from work or school, the country-wide observance has a serious history.
We celebrate Veterans Day each November to commemorate the signing of the World War I armistice. The signing of the armistice, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, marked a cessation of hostilities between Germany and the Allied nations. This went into effect on Novmeber 11, 1918. Seven months later, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, World War I was officially over.
In 1938, November 11 became a legal nationwide holiday. At the time it was dubbed “Armistice Day,” but soon its name would be changed to “Veterans Day.” Our country’s citizens still observe the purpose of Veterans Day today: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
Today, many of our troops are abroad, putting their lives on the line daily in order to protect our country. Help Americans celebrate Veterans Day by distributing Veterans Day promotions. It’s important to educate your fellow Americans about the heroism displayed by those who died while in service to our nation, as well as those who continue to serve today.