In our opinion Veteran’s Day is one of the most important recognized holidays in the calendar year, however, many Americans have no idea what the holiday is for and most often confuse Veteran’s Day with Memorial Day. Understanding the history of Veteran’s Day is incredibly important for continuing to remember our country’s history, but also to spend a day honoring the men and women who have fought to keep our country free.
Veteran’s Day was originally known as Armistice Day. It was a holiday that was set to honor the end of World War I, which officially ended on November 11, 1918. In 1938 a bill was passed to officially make November 11th known as the US Holiday, Armistice Day. In 1954 after fighting both World War II and the Korean War, the government amended the original act to remove the word Armistice and replace it with Veterans. On June 1, 1954, November 11th officially became known as Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day is meant to be a holiday that celebrates and honors the living veterans who served in our military in both wartime and peace. This is a day that every American should take a moment to thank a veteran for their time in protecting our great country.
Many people confuse Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day because they both are holidays to honor veterans, however, Memorial Day is meant to honor the men and women who died while serving our country, while Veteran’s Day is more meant to honor the living veterans.
Please take the time this November 11th to thank a veteran. Without these men and women being willing to give their time and potentially their lives, the United States wouldn’t be able to continue living as a free country. Veterans have willingly fought for the American people and they should be recognized every day for that, but make sure to help honor and celebrate on the day dedicated to their service.