Veterans Day in the United States | History of Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day in the US | Paying tribute and honoring those who have served in every branch of the United States military.

On November 11, 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect, officially ending World War I. November 11 became an official legal U.S. holiday in 1938 to honor Armistice Day and for paying tribute to World War I veterans.

However, in 1954, the United States Congress amended the Act of 1938; there had been two other wars – World War II and the Korean War – since 1938 and veterans of all wars urged Congress to recognize every military member that had given their service to the United States.

The U.S. Congress replaced the word ‘armistice’ with ‘veterans,’ and “with the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel for their service to the United States, in both wartime and peacetime.

While many confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Memorial Day is reserved to remember military personnel who have died in service of their country; Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, acknowledging their contributions to our safety, while also remembering those who have died.

The United States Senate Resolution 143, passed in 2001, designates the week of November 11 through the 17 as “National Veterans Awareness Week,” in which educational efforts are directed in schools to inform students about the contributions and sacrifices made by veterans.

Activities around the country to celebrate Veterans Day include parades, flags at half-staff, military exhibits and tributes to pay homage to veterans. If November 11 falls on a weekend day, the federal government observes the holiday on Friday (if it falls on a Saturday) or Monday (if it falls on a Sunday).

The National Veterans Day Ceremony is held every November 11, regardless of which day it falls on, at Arlington National Ceremony where a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns, as well as a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

Veterans Day vets

Take a moment this November 11 to thank a military service member for their service to our country. Thank you, veterans!

As a way to thank veterans for their service, we’re giving away 2 free American flags! Enter now on our blog by tell us who you’re honoring this Veteran’s Day!

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