It’s easy to think of Veterans Day in the cascade of holidays in the fall and winter months. Sometimes, it’s so far removed that we think of it as just a bank holiday. But Veterans Day is a special holiday here in the States as well as abroad. So, why do we celebrate Veterans Day?
We celebrate Veterans Day to honor the many sacrifices servicemen and women give to keep us safe. Some of their sacrifices are physical, others are mental. Veterans have given where we cannot. They’ve served so we didn’t have to. Celebrating Veterans is, in effect, a patriotic duty for any American.
In 1926 the United States Congress passed a law recognizing November 11 as Veterans Day, though it wasn’t named as such until 1954. It’s often confused with Memorial Day where we honor those who have passed. Veterans Day honors former and active military as well as those no longer with us.
“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 nations.” President Woodrow Wilson
More than 16 million lives were lost in the War to end all Wars during the war we now call World War I -- 1914 through 1918. The Great War was thought to have been the last war -- until WWII. The signing of the cease-fire (Armistice) by Germany led the way to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The League of Nations came from this treaty; sadly, the League failed and lost ground to its competitor the United Nations.
Will you call up a loved one, post on social media, or attend an event? How will you celebrate Veterans Day this year? As always, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter for great articles like this one and get back to living your best life!