November 11, 2020
To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, God bless you and thank you.
“Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.”www.defense.gov
“Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday and, in most states, a state holiday. That means that federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off and, in most states, state workers are as well.“military.com
“This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.“ military.com
“What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
These two holidays both recognize the importance of military service, and they both honor the sacrifices made by active duty, Guard, Reserve troops, and family members.”militarybenefits.info
“Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military. … Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military.”www.cnn.com
What happens at 11am on Veterans Day?
“Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am.”www.timeanddate.com
Is every military person a Veteran?
“A veteran is a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) who served on active duty and was discharged under conditions, which were other than dishonorable. … Persons who attended military academies are now considered veterans for financial aid purposes.” equity.psu.edu
How to Say ‘Thanks for Your Service’ in a Card or Text:
- ‘You’re my hero. ‘
- ‘I have my freedoms because of you. ‘
- ‘Your service made it possible for all of us to be the country we are today. ‘
- ‘Thinking of you today. …
- ‘We miss you at home, but we know you’re giving the ultimate sacrifice.
Why do we use red poppies for Veterans?
“The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.“ www.legion.org
How long do you have to be in the military before you can be considered a Veteran?
“To be considered an official U.S. military veteran, you must serve on active duty for at least 180 days or 6 months-consecutively or serve 20 years or more to retire & earn either the title of retiree or veteran.”www.quora.com
How do you plan to celebrate Veterans Day? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!