On November 11th, Americans will be celebrating another Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in one of the branches of the military. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there are roughly 23 million veterans of the WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan service time periods. These are courageous individuals who have gone to hostile environments all over the world to defend our way of life, and it is a day in which they should be honored. Here are some things to know about the day:
- Many people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. The difference between the two is that Memorial Day only celebrates those who died in battle. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all veterans.
- It was not always celebrated on November 11th. From 1971 to 1978, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of every October. Due to public demand, the holiday was moved back to November 11th; however, if the holiday is on a weekend, it’s observed the following Monday.
- The day was first formally made a holiday by Woodrow Wilson. It was in accordance to Remembrance and Armistice Day holidays, which honored the peace time that was created from the armistice with Germany after WWI. It wasn’t known as Veterans Day until 1954.
If you’re still unsure of what you can do to honor the veterans in your life or just veterans in general, here are few ideas that can make a veteran smile on their day:
Make a donation: Unfortunately, many of our veterans do suffer from physical/ mental ailments, which can be burdensome financially. Making a cash donation to a telethon or organization that supports our veterans is a very effective way to help those in need. If you can’t afford a cash donation, clothes and food items are certainly welcomed as well.
Give a pin: Pins with the symbols that mark the particular branch of the military that you wish to honor is an effective way to honor the strength and courage of a particular serviceman. For example, if you know a veteran of the Navy, a Navy pin is fitting gift for them on this day.
Visit a vet: Do you want to hear a great story? Talk to a vet. There are many vets in nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and hospitals who may not have many people in their lives. By visiting one of these servicemen, you’ll honor their time served.
Happy Veterans Day to all the Vets Out There and Thank You!