Veterans Day is a celebration to thank and honor all who died and who have fought for America. A Veteran by definition is an ex-member of the armed forces. This year, Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, but have you ever thought about why is it celebrated?
Veterans Day is celebrated to honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of their country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice themselves for America.
10 facts about Veterans Day
1. Veterans Day did not always have that name. Before it was called Armistice Day.
2. Americans were not the only people to celebrate on November 11. Other Countries like the U.K., Canada, Australia, and France celebrated it as 'Remembrance Day' or 'Armistice Day.'
3. Germany also celebrates Veterans day two Sundays before the Sunday of Advent.
4. The red poppy is a symbol, serves a purpose, and inspired many poems. Poppys are a symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.
5. There is a reason the holiday 'Veterans Day' doesn’t have an Apostrophe. It is to dismiss the idea of possession and to show Veterans Day isn’t owned.
6. In the world there are more veteran women than you may think. Veteran women make up 10% of the veteran population and are celebrated on June 12 in the United States.
7. The holiday commemoration has changed to an observed date. It had been changed from November 11 to the first Monday of October.
8. To commemorate Veterans Day, there is a monument of silence during the act at 3:11 pm officially presided over by the President of USA states.
9. The last living veteran of WWI died in 2012. She was a British woman that had served on the WRAF called Florence Green,
10. WW1 didn’t finish on 11/11/18. it ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on France on June 28,1919. However, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 as a commemoration of the beginning of the end of WW1.
Now you know some facts about Veterans Day. I think that besides celebrating and building monuments to honor those who fought in wars, people should study more history. Learning about the lives of all those veterans and what they did years ago will keep their memory alive. The memory of all those heroes whose bravery should be remembered.