Today is the day we thank our veterans for serving their country. In all honesty, I think most people will forget about it. I was asked at a school why they do not close for Veteran’s Day anymore. I had no answer. What made it a little worse was it was a legal immigrant who asked because they were grateful for the men, and women, that helped win them their freedom. I think a lot of it is that few of us living in America have never really had our freedom threatened. We are free to protest, say what we want, and go where we want because of those who fought, and died, for us. That is something we should never forget.
Veteran’s Day use to be Armistice Day, celebrated by most of the world, commemorating the end of World War 1. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918. It is also known as Remembrance Day. It was promoted by Woodrow Wilson and for years was celebrated as Armistice Day.
In 1945, after World War 2, Veteran Raymond Weeks suggested that Armistice Day be changed to Veteran’s Day to celebrate the American soldier. It was bounced around and was finally signed into law in 1954 by Veteran, and President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. For years all businesses closed down and people celebrated by supporting Veterans and participating in parades and festivities. Only in the last few years have we decided that it was okay to celebrate it by going to work and ignoring the Veterans who won our freedom. It is still a Federal holiday, just very few seem to care.
How to celebrate – Thank a veteran for their service, take them to lunch or just remember them at some point in the day, giving them a moment of silence. Use a vacation day if you have one to take the day off to honor those who died for you. Research the Veterans in your family. Tweet, blog or post the heroes in your family so others can remember them.