Whether your firm employs hundreds of military veterans, a few veterans, or is just beginning to recruit and hire veterans, Veterans Day is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your devotion to those who have served in our country’s uniform.
Veterans Day is an annual national holiday in the United States that pays tribute to military veterans, as well as those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is observed on November 11th each year.
>What is Veterans Day?
It falls on the same day as other holidays commemorating the end of World War I, such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are observed in other countries. World War I’s major hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Armistice Day was historically commemorated in the United States. In 1954, the event was renamed Veterans Day in the United States.
In 1953, Al King, the proprietor of a shoe company, began a campaign to have the day renamed ‘All’ Soldiers Day to honor all veterans, not only those who participated in World War I.
Al’s suggestion was picked up by his local Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently by a local congressman, who assisted in the passage of a bill establishing the holiday. President Eisenhower signed it into law, and Congress revised it in May 1954, changing the word “armistice” to “veterans”.
Veterans Day was first included in the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which stipulated that the federal holiday be recognized on the fourth Monday of October.
Veterans organizations, on the other hand, were opposed to the change, and most states preserved their Veterans Day celebrations on November 11th. President Gerald Ford approved a bill in 1975 reverting the holiday to November 11th.
How do we celebrate Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is a day set aside to recognize and thank all living veterans who have served in the military for the United States in all wars. Parades and church services are held to commemorate the day, and the American flag is flown at half-mast in many locations. At 11 a.m., a two-minute period of silence may be observed. Some schools close on Veterans Day, while others do not, but instead hold special assemblies or other activities to commemorate the occasion.
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th. If it falls on a weekday, however, many localities celebrate on the weekend closest to the date. More individuals will be able to attend and participate in the events as a result of this. On November 11th, all federal government offices will be closed. They will be closed on Friday, November 10 if Veterans Day occurs on a Saturday. They will be closed on Monday, November 12 if Veterans Day falls on a Sunday. State and local governments, schools, and non-profit organizations are not obligated to close and may choose to do so. Regular or holiday schedules may be followed by public transportation networks.
Keep in mind that Veterans Day is a day to celebrate all Americans who have served in the military, but especially the living veterans among us. Many of our vets put themselves in harm’s way for us.
As a result, a cheerful “Happy Veterans Day!” may not be appropriate for someone who has friends who have perished in combat. According to a veterans poll (CVN), “Thank you for your service” makes 49 percent of vets uncomfortable. They didn’t know what to say and chose action over words.
But don’t be concerned if you don’t know how to convey your gratitude to a veteran. A nice word and, even better, an act of kindness is known and appreciated by all.
What is the theme for Veterans Day 2021?
This year’s celebration of Veterans Day is honoring those who served.
The centenary commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the focus of Veterans Day 2021. The Tomb, which is located at Arlington National Cemetery, was first dedicated by the Army on November 11, 1921, on Armistice Day, with the burial of an unknown World War I military soldier.
More unknowns have been buried at the Tomb throughout the last century, and the place has evolved into a people’s memorial that stimulates meditation on service, valor, sacrifice, and sadness. The Veterans Day poster competition this year asks artists to create a design that highlights parts of the Tomb’s history, legacy, and significance during its centenary year.
Artists should interpret the Tomb’s centenary in a way that honors its past and recognizes its current importance in American culture to all, whether they are inspired by historic depictions of the Tomb, the rites, and rituals that take place at the site, or the physical Tomb itself.
Interesting Facts About Veterans Day
Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day
Many Americans are surprised by this, and we’ll be honest: it’s a little bothersome for all of the surviving veterans out there.
Memorial Day honors those who have given their lives in the service of our country, particularly in war or as a result of battle wounds. Veterans Day commemorates everyone who has served the country in war or peace, whether they are dead or alive, however, it is primarily intended to honor surviving veterans for their services.
Other countries celebrate Veterans Day in their own way.
Because World War I was a worldwide effort, it’s only natural that our friends would want to honor their veterans on November 11th. However, the name of the day and the types of commemorations vary.
The 11th of November is observed as “Remembrance Day” in both Canada and Australia. Canada’s commemoration is quite identical to ours, with the exception that many Canadians wear red poppy flowers to memorialize their war dead. In Australia, the day is more analogous to Memorial Day in the United States.
We hope that this article helped you learn more about Veterans Day as a holiday!
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