Veterans Day is a federal holiday set to thank and honor veterans who serve, or have served, honorably in the military, both in wartime and peace. A brief history of Veterans Day, according to military.com*:
“Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
How can you help honor our service men and women? Here are a few ideas:
- Take time to go to a local Veterans Hospital and visit with patients. Bring along blankets or goodies to share.
- Gather a group of friends and host a care package packing party. Include items like non-perishable cookies, crackers, hard candies, magazines, puzzles, grooming supplies and more.
- Write a letter to a soldier expressing your gratitude for their service.
- Encourage local schools to host Veterans Day events for parents/grandparents who serve/served.
- Share freebies and discounts from local retailers and restaurants on your social pages. Websites like military.com/veterans-day/veterans-day-military-discounts or militarybenefits.info/miscellaneous-discounts-veterans-day-deals-veterans, offer current lists of deals for veterans.