Why is November 11th Veteran’s Day?

Veteran’s day is a special day set aside for us to show respect to our nation’s veterans who have selflessly served our country. It is meant to show them that we appreciate their service and that we don’t take them for granted. This simple holiday is celebrated quietly throughout our country every year, but have you ever wondered why November 11th is set aside as Veteran’s Day?

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Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War

Veteran’s Day originated as Armistice Day which signified the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of the anniversary of this historic occasion, and by 1938, the first Veteran’s Day was celebrated. Veteran’s Day is not the same as Memorial Day in that Veteran’s Day is meant to celebrate our nation’s veterans both living and deceased who have served our country in both war and peacetime. On the other hand, Memorial Day is meant to honor our nation’s fallen veterans.

JM Cremps encourages you to  join us in teaching our children to honor and respect our nations veterans. In total there are 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. This veteran’s day, encourage your children to personally thank a veteran. It will be a lesson in humbleness and thanksgiving that will stick with them for years to come.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.org. Department of Defense. Defense Audiovisual Agency; Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn National Archives and Records Administration

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