Teresa Celebrates Veteran’s Day

In America, we get to celebrate two holidays in November! The biggest, of course, is Thanksgiving. But every bit as big is Veteran’s Day. Join me as we learn how and why Teresa CelebratesVeteran’s Day!

On June 28, 1919, World War I ended at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, November 11, 1918, they stopped fighting. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson announced the celebration of Armistice Day.

What is Armistice Day?

Armistice actually means the day when the people who are at war agree to stop fighting. So Armistice Day was first celebrated November 11, 1919. They celebrated it in much the same way we celebrate Veteran’s Day today. On that day, people held parades and public gatherings. Everyone would stop and take a moment of silence at 11 AM. Businesses and schools took time to remember the day the Armistice ended World War I “The Great War” was another name for World War I because it involved so many countries.

On November 11, 1921, an American soldier killed during the war but who had not been identified, found his final resting place.  They buried him at Arlington National Cemetary in Washington, DC. The same day the year before, the English and the French also honored their unidentified soldiers. They found final resting places in Westminister Abbey in London and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The Holiday of Armistice Day

Congress passed a resolution or a statement. Each year on November 11th, people celebrated Armistice Day with prayer and a thankful heart that they were at peace.

Twenty-seven state legislatures made this a holiday. On May 13, 1938, it was made into a legal Federal holiday. Dedicated to world peace, Armistice Day became the holiday in which we recognized our Veterans from World War I.

 

No National Holidays in the United States

Individual states designate their own holidays. The government only designates federal holidays. However, most states follow the lead of the federal holidays.

In World War II we had the most people serving in our armed forces. A total of 16 million people served our great nation.

The first Veterans Day parade was held in 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Veterans Day National Council

In 1954, veteran’s organizations requested Congress to make a change to Armistice Day. So on June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation for Armistice Day to now be known as Veterans Day. This holiday was to honor all veterans of all wars. He also established the Veterans Day National Council. President Eisenhower set this committee up to also educate younger generations to understand what Veterans Day is. They also plan Veterans Day activities and events to honor our vets.

In 1968 the Uniform Holidays Bill passed by Congress allowed three-day weekends for federal employees. This encouraged tourism and travel by celebrating four federal holidays on a Monday. These were Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day.

Veterans Day is a State and Federal Holiday!

Veterans Day was to be observed the fourth Monday of October on October 24, 1971. Needless to say, people were totally confused. Several states still observed it on November 11th.

Finally, in 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a new law. It allowed Veterans Day to return back to November 11th starting in 1978. However, if Veterans Day ends up on a Saturday it will be observed on the Friday before. If it lands on a Sunday it will be observed the Monday after.

 

“In Flanders Fields”

A poem written in May 1915 by John McCrae entitled “In Flanders Fields” talks about poppies. They marked the resting place of soldiers on the field of battle. For this reason, Canada and the United Kingdom sell poppies on Remembrance Day to raise money for the veterans. People also wear a poppy in their lapel as a tribute to the veterans.

How Veterans Day is celebrated

In the United States, Veterans Day honors our veterans by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.   Most noteworthy, held at exactly 11 AM, the exact time of the signing of the Armistice. We also hold parades among many other celebrations to honor our veterans. On this day schools invite veterans from previous wars to attend a special program to honor them. Students get to see the Color Guard perform as well as listen to the reason we have Veterans Day.

Today, many veterans enjoy free meals at 80 restaurants across the country. Some of these are Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and Golden Corral. In addition, many sales and deals occur around November 11th for Veterans Day.

In Memory and Honor

Written in memory of Retired Tech. Sgt. Audie Lee Thomas and honor of Retired Staff Sgt. Stephen Paul Smith both of the Air Force. Many thanks for your service to my daddy and son, as well as the millions of others who have served and are now serving.

 

Teresa Celebrates Veterans Day - in honor of Stephen Paul Smith

Thanks for celebrating Veterans Day with me!

Hugs!

Teresa

the Holiday Mom