Veterans Day - Honoring The Men And Women Who Serve Our Nation

By Meera Dolasia on November 11, 2010

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Today, as you enjoy the day off from school or work in honor of Veterans Day, be sure to pay your respects to all the men and women who have served the country in our armed forces. These include the  members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Originally dubbed Armistice Day, it was first declared a holiday in 1938, to commemorate the end of World War 1, which happened at 11.am on 11/11/1918. Since then, the holiday, which was dedicated to the cause of 'World Peace' and honored the veterans of the First World War, has always been celebrated on November 11th.

In 1954, after the US had been involved in two other wars, World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day, in honor of the veterans of all the wars.

Many people are not aware of the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. While both honor our military personnel, the former is a day to remember and honor all the men and women that died serving our country in a war, while today we celebrate all the living veterans who have served in the military, whether in peace or war.

 

While several other countries celebrate this day in honor of their own veterans, the celebration is slightly different in each country. Some, like the United Kingdom celebrate it in honor of all soldiers, living or dead, while others, like Canada, celebrate it in honor of all living veterans. They also call it different names. France and New Zealand still call it Armistice Day. In the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, it is dubbed Remembrance Day and in Malta and South Africa it is called Poppy Day.

No matter what it is called, the reason for celebrating the holiday is the same - To show our gratitude to the brave men and women who sacrifice everything to make this world a safer place for the rest of us.

Happy Veterans Day!

Sources: History.com,patriotism.com

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  • mathgirl
    mathgirlTuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:39 am
    my dad and great uncle served. My aunt uncle and cousin are still serving. I love my family!
    • MistaCrayolaFriday, November 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm
      This article is amazing.There is nothing like a good ol' americans who support them. Thank you veterans
      • emmaThursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm
        Thank you all of the veterans that served in wars to protect our country
        • erickTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm
          I love you veterans
          • erickTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm
            get to the chopper veterans
            • erickTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm
              i love dounuts and veterans
              • sean lFriday, November 7, 2014 at 10:26 am
                Thank you veterans for protecting us from the wars and the people that served the army. Thank you.
                • ethan Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5:57 am
                  that statue is of soldiers lifting up the American Flag after a fight in Iwo Jima in Japan during World War II
                  • personTuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5:55 am
                    my uncle is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He lost an eye
                    • U dogMonday, December 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm
                      Cool

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