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Celebrating Veterans Day

We always look forward to another day of relaxation and errands that a holiday offers, but its significance can often be overlooked. Americans should use November 11 to reflect and express their appreciation for those who have served.


Veterans Day is an official federal holiday that is observed to honor those who served and lost their lives in military service for the United States. It is celebrated annually since President Woodrow Wilson established the federal holiday in 1919.

The first Veterans Day was celebrated one year after World War I ended on November 11, 1918, generally known as the “war to end all wars.” Veterans Day was originally proclaimed as Armistice Day, and was only meant to honor WWI veterans.

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs reports that “the original concept for the celebration was a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.”

President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day after World War II, transforming it into a day meant to honor American veterans of all wars.

Today, all public schools and businesses close for the entire day to observe the official federal holiday in the United States.

It is recognized as another day from work and school meant for historical remembrance and honoring those who served and protect our country.

Read more about Veterans Day at: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp


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