At Veterans Day events across the country, people in the United States gathered today to honor the millions of men and women who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.
But why was November 11 set aside for the holiday, and how has its meaning changed over time?
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and the date was chosen for its symbolic significance, John Raughter, communications director for the American Legion, an organization of veterans helping other veterans, said in 2010.
“November 11 was intended to observe the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the armistice of World War I,” Raughter said.
The first Armistice Day in the U.S. occurred on November 11, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson declared that “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 the victory. … “
Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday by Congress nearly 20 years later. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day, following a national campaign to have the day honor all veterans, not just those who served in World War I.
Politicians seldom do what is best for “We The People”. But our Veterans have always done “THEIR” best. I believe Thomas Jefferson said, some blood must be spilt from time to time to keep this country strong.
Well he didn’t say it exactly like that, but I understand what he was saying. He meant that if we show we were strong, with the will to fight, then no one would dare attack us.
As much as I don’t like war, I do like feeling that no country dare attack the United States of America. Thanks Veterans, thanks for doing your part to keep us all safe.
Enjoy your Veteran’s Day, and, as the cold weather sets in around the country, take time to help out a neighbor in need.