Happy Veterans Day!
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is celebrated on November 11. It corresponds with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other locations of the world and also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. The United States also originally observed Armistice Day, it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in the year of 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while in service.
Since it’s a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school. When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday. A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21% of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.
In his Armistice Day address to Congress, Wilson was sensitive to the psychological toll of the lean War years. “Hunger does not breed reform, it breeds madness,” he remarked. As Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are only one day apart, that branch of the Armed Forces customarily observes both occasions as a 96-hour liberty period.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first declared Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “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.”
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution 7 years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with fitting ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”
We want to thank all of the Veterans for their service and the people currently in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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