Posted on Nov 12, 2013
Veterans Day History and Professional In Home Care
Veterans Day was celebrated this week in America. November 11th is an annual United States holiday made for taking the time to salute our military veterans and thank our brave men and women for their service and sacrifice. Each November 11th, we are encouraged to show our American pride with our red, white and blue. While it is should be a daily practice, the eleventh is the perfect day to thank a soldier in uniform whenever we see them. It may come as a surprise to realize that Veterans Day wasn’t originally created to celebrate all service men and women veterans of all wars.
At the end of World War I, also known as the “Great War”, the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles in France. Since the fighting had ceased seven months prior to the treaty, it made sense to commemorate the end of the “war to end all wars” on November 11. This temporary halt in hostilities, or armistice, between Allied Nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month. In other parts of the world, this date is celebrated as Remembrance Day. President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day. After President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for our 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.”
An Act was approved on May 13, 1938, that made November 11 a legal holiday. This holiday was originally dedicated to the cause of world peace and created to honor World War I veterans. World War II required the greatest mobilization of soldiers in our Nation’s history and veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to make a change to the holiday’s name. In 1954 an Act was amended to strike the word Armistice and replace it with Veterans in order to honor those who fought in the Korean War and World War II. November 11 would eventually become a day to honor all American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day is a wonderful time to take a moment to thank our soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen for their service and dedication to protect our Nation’s freedom and rights. You may have an elderly loved one in your life who has battled in a war. November 11 is a great time to inquire of your loved one’s war stories, if they are comfortable talking about them. Why not take the time to find out your elderly loved one’s Veterans Day history. You never know what interesting facts you may learn!
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