This Veterans Day is a humble opportunity to remember those who served in the armed forces during peace and wartime. It is no secret that serving in the armed forces can be stressful. Many of the people honored on this day every year were in major conflicts around the world, and they have valuable insights that can serve as reminders.
The Veterans Day holiday was initially created to honor U.S. veterans from both World Wars. However, it has since been extended to include all American armed forces that served during a specific wartime period. The holiday, originally called “Armistice Day”, was established by President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation on November 11, 1919. For many years, the day was observed on November 11. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed an Act of Congress designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. The current day of celebrations began on that date.
Many veterans will tell you that you can honor them by remembering them, spending time with them during the day or visiting one of the many national memorials. It’s easy to pick up flowers or clean up gravesites. You can still celebrate Veterans Day by visiting a memorial site for a war that has long passed.
Veterans Day in the United States is usually celebrated with parades and picnics, where participants enjoy a meal and time of friendship with veterans and their families. Businesses often offer discounts to current military personnel or show support by supporting them in other ways. American citizens often display small flags representing branches in their windows and porches.
Honor your veteran relatives by having a get together for them. Remind your relatives and friends and invite them for dinner. Be creative and make it a potluck by asking guests to bring their favorite foods and give them a chance to try something new.
Just remember, it doesn’t matter how you celebrate this day, what’s important is that you take a moment to reflect on what it all means.