- What is the history of Veterans Day? As we stated, the holiday came into existence to honor the signing of the armistice that stopped hostilities between the Allies and Germany in World War I. Note that that did not officially end the war; that would not take place until the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The first unofficial commemoration of Armistice Day took place with Woodrow Wilson’s message to the nation on November 11, 1919. Seven years later, in 1926, Congress took action. The governing body recognized November 11th as the end of World War I, and the official, legal holiday came into existence in 1938.
- Do any other countries celebrate Veterans Day? Other countries around the world have similar types of celebrations honoring veterans and the end of the first World War. British Commonwealth countries (like Australia, Canada, and England) celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th. It is often commemorated with the wearing of a “remembrance poppy” on the clothing. In many other countries, Armistice Day – recognizing the end of World War I – is the holiday’s name.
- What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and one of the most important ones. There is a clear distinction between the two different holidays in the United States. The difference? Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor the service of military veterans for all conflicts. Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor the sacrifice of men and women that have died in military service.
- What are the elements that go into Veterans Day commemorations? Different communities will do different things to honor Veterans on this day. There may be parades, local government honors and ceremonies, periods of quiet remembrance, or different events that take place to recognize and honor veterans’ service.
Another thing to remember when it comes to Veterans Day – the struggles many of our brave men and women face on the home front. The unique traumas and stresses that servicemen and servicewomen face over the call of duty can frequently lead to addictions to drugs, alcohol, and other harmful substances. It’s an unfortunate – but all-too-common – element that many service members are struggling with.
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