What You Need to Know About Veteran's Day

  • November 12, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

Veterans Day is one of only 10 federally sanctioned holidays that are celebrated in the United States.  Even with so few holidays on the annual calendar, how many typical American’s even know what Veterans Day is?  You can bet that if you asked the average person to name all ten U.S. holidays, he’d be hard pressed to remember every single one of them. Veterans Day can easily get lost or overlooked in the pre-holiday shuffle even though it is a very important holiday that deserves some special attention.  Veterans Day is a holiday specifically designated to honor our war heroes, past and present-- those who have served our country while fighting to protect our many freedoms.  Let’s face it, without our Veterans we may not be celebrating any other holidays at all, because life as we currently know it, may not even exist!  We owe it to these great men and women to take a moment of our time in order to honor their great sacrifices while at the same time, paying due homage to their heroic efforts.

Want to make your Veterans Day more meaningful?  Here are a few Veterans Day basics to get you started.

During WWI, a treaty was signed between the Allied nations and Germany.  The treaty went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November in 1918.  From this day forward, that particular moment was specifically marked as a time for remembrance of those who had served the country during the war.  The holiday was called Armistice Day.  As part of Armistice Day, it was common to have celebratory parades and other community events commemorating this special occasion.  At precisely 11:00 am, it was a common practice for the entire country to cease business for a few moments of silence, in order to pause the days activities and to quietly honor all WWI heroes. 

As the years went by, and with the advent of WWII and other war efforts that occurred after WWI, it did not go unnoticed that there were many other new veterans out there who had also fought for freedom, they too displaying great honor and valor.  These post WWI veterans were most definitely worthy of recognition as well! In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law legislation that stated that Armistice Day would properly be expanded in order to include all veterans.  Armistice Day, going forward would now officially be known as Veterans Day, a holiday specifically designed to honor each and every US soldier, bothpast and present. 

Veterans Day is not just another holiday.  Veterans Day is a more serious as well as reverent occasion than some of the other special days we commemorate in our great country. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate courage, bravery, honor as well as patriotism. Veterans Day is also very much about gratitude.  This year, take a moment of your time to put your life on pause, and give sincere thanks to those who have given up tomorrow so you can have your today.