Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day?

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice was signed between Germany and the Allied nations ending World War I. This war one of the deadliest conflicts in history causing more than 37 million casualties, and over 100,000 American deaths.  

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the 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.” -  President Woodrow Wilson

Veterans Day has a long history

  • In 1919 President Wilson created Armistice Day to honor the men and women who died for our country.
  • In 1926 Congress declared that Armistice Day should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.
  • In 1938 Armistice Day was made a Federal Holiday.
  • In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day
  • In  1971 Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October.
  • In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11.

Although Armistice Day was created to honor the veterans of World War I, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all American veterans, where ever and when ever they served.

What Can You Do?

Make it a point to say “thank you” to a veteran today #ThankaVet. (tweet this)

Saying “thank you” to a veteran can take many forms.

  • Shake a veteran’s hand.
  • Buy a meal for a veteran.
  • Send a card.
  • Volunteer at a local veterans group or hospital.

Whether you are a veteran like myself or would just like to say thank you, here are some resources from USAA to help you get started.

Question: How can you take some time to honor a veteran today?

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