Let’s thank all men and women in the military for protecting our Country and our Constitution this Veterans Day.
What is Veterans Day?
It’s a holiday to originally celebrate the end of World War I, now it has morphed into a day to celebrate all service members. Whether in active service or not, and whether alive or otherwise.
Little Known Facts:
Originally, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day” to honor the end of “The Great War” today knows as World War I. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, fighting ceased outside of Versailles France between the Allied Nations and Germany. Because of this reason it is generally referred to as the end of “The War to End All Wars.”
In November 1919, sitting President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following: “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 the nations.”
After World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower issued first “Veterans Day Proclamation” officially honoring all veterans, living and dead. But there have been some political quarrels with establishing an official date of observance. It was changed in 1968 from the 11th of November to a Monday as to encourage a 3-day weekend for federal employees and then later changed back to the 11th of November as a result of disagreements and bickering between Veterans organizations and political figures.
- Veterans Day is intentionally spelled with no apostrophe.
- The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized “National Veterans Day,” which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event was held on November 11, then designated Armistice Day. Later, U.S. Representative Edward Rees of Kansas proposed a bill that would change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan in November 1982. Weeks’ local parade and ceremonies are now an annual event celebrated nationwide. 
- The word veteran comes from the nomenclature of the old English language, meaning old and experienced soldier.
- California (1.7 million), Texas (1.5 million), and Florida (1.5 million) house the most veterans. 
How to Celebrate and Show Your Support?
Without public assistance, the general veteran population will struggle to continue life after their deployment. The Public is all of us, neighbors, friends, grandparents, cousins, co-workers, everybody… Veterans have risked their lives to protect us, the public. This Veterans day go out and show some support for our veterans!