Community November 10, 2017

Recognizing Our Military Veterans

Why Veterans Day is November 11th

Did you know Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day in the U.S.? That’s because, although the official end of World War I was when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, fighting between Germany and the Allied Nations ceased on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’– Nov 11, 1918. President Wilson first recognized Armistice Day on Nov 11, 1919. It was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, and has become a day to honor American veterans of all wars. 

Poppies or No Poppies?
Around the world on November 11, you may see people wearing red poppies in remembrance. Why don’t we wear them in the U.S. on that day? Traditionally, red poppies are worn in the U.S. for Memorial Day, as that’s the day set aside in the States to honor all military personnel who gave their lives for their country. Veterans Day is really meant to recognize all military veterans –living and deceased–who have contributed to our national security, so we honor them in other ways.

Reaching Out Over the Holidays
There are a number of different organizations you can work through to let deployed military members, new recruits and military veterans know how much you appreciate them, especially over the upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s reaching out to military members and veterans in your local community through your local Red Cross office through their Holiday for Heroes program, delivering Christmas trees to military families via Trees for Troops, or writing a letter that can be delivered in a care package through Operation Gratitude, there are many ways of getting involved.