The Significance Of Veterans Day

By Meera Dolasia on November 11, 2012

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This weekend, as you are enjoying the three-day holiday in honor of Veterans Day, do take at least a few minutes 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 the 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 on 11/11/1918. Since then, the day, which was dedicated to the cause of 'World Peace' 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 forces whether in peace or war.

Though 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 observing the day 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.



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  • minion faceFriday, November 13, 2015 at 8:58 am
    my great grampa was in the navy know he has almost got skin cancer from always being out side but know he is in a nersing home but its a good place for him to be in but i always ask him about the navy but he has alsimers wich makes you forget yeah he doesn't remember any thing about the navy
    • Ethan age9Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:47 am
      My dad is in the army and my uncle is in the Air Force and are steel alive. :-(
      • kidWednesday, November 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm
        I think that it is really cool having veterans day, Thank you to those who risked their lives for us!!!
        • lilly411
          lilly411Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:49 am
          Thank you my grandpa died in world 2 he got the measles of honor
        • mimiTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 2:35 am
          it is not nice!
          • Dabeast­čśÄMonday, November 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm
            • miakalThursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:02 am
              this is cool
              • gta21
                gta21Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:14 am
                It's cool but 21 is cooler
                • diamondkid
                  diamondkidSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:34 am
                  Thankyou Veterans!!!!!!!
                  • JakobTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm
                    My birthday is February 16
                    • EmmaTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm
                      No one cares

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