Veteran’s Day is a day observed on November 11th to honor those who served our country. Did you know that many people get the purpose of Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day confused?
Memorial Day is recognized in America to honor those who died in battle. On the other hand, Veteran’s Day honors ALL American veterans, whether they are living or dead. This day usually gives American’s a chance to reflect and give thanks to living veterans.
Many veterans can get special discounts at restaurants and retail stores on this day if they have some form of military ID. Families may throw parties and get together to honor a family member who is a veteran. There are also parades and festivals that celebrate our beloved and brave warriors every year!
According to the online article Honoring All Who Served by Rod Powers, “In America, November 11th officially became known as Armistice Day through an act of Congress in 1926. It wasn’t until 12 years later, through a similar act that Armistice Day became a national holiday.
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.”
Sadly, there are so many veterans who are not aware of the benefits that they may qualify for. Many veterans are still without health care and employment, just to name a few. There are educational benefits out there for the dependents of veterans who attend an accredited college full time. I recommend that every veteran check out the website listed below for more information on benefits. Go to your local veteran affairs office and pick up a copy of the book, or download it in PDF format.
In closing, if you have a family member or a friend who is a veteran, take the time out to appreciate the sacrifices they have made so we can enjoy our freedom not just on Veteran’s Day, but every day. Listen to the stories of these brave people, and most importantly, never forget what they have done for our country!