11 Nov The History Of Veterans Day And Why It Is So Important
Veterans Day is a much cherished American holiday, but there’s more to it than just the day off work or school. This is the day when we thank the military servicemen and servicewomen who have given so much to our country.
Memorial Day also pays tribute to the sacrifices of our country’s service members, it is a much older holiday established in 1868 and celebrated on the last Monday in May. Its special commemoration for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country, military members who have died while serving. Veteran’s Day has a different significance.
Originally it was called “Armistice Day,” Veterans Day was supposed to serve as a time that would remind nations to always strive for peaceful relationships. Over the decades, the date took on new significance as more worldwide conflicts erupted into war.
In 1968, Congress signed the Uniform Holiday Bill to ensure that a few federal holidays including veterans day would be celebrated on a Monday. Officials hoped it would spur travel and other family activities over a long weekend, which would stimulate the economy. President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 to return the annual observance of Veterans Day to November 11, which began in 1978.
Usually if November 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, we tend to celebrate the holiday on the previous Friday or Monday. This way we honor the intentions of the Uniforms Holiday Bill while also respecting Americans who feel strongly about the holiday’s significance.
Every November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery, the Veterans Day National Ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. A wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and celebrations continue inside the Memorial Amphitheater to thank and honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Veterans Day is important and has great historical significance as well as patriotic value for many people in our country, and by marking the day annually, we reaffirm our national values of duty, honor, selflessness, civic responsibility, and passion for our country.