Today marks the 83rd celebration of Veterans Day. We decided one of the best ways to honor all veterans is to take the time to learn and explain what Veterans Day means and share some lesser-known facts about the holiday.
Veterans Day is a day to honor and thank the men and women who served in any of the armed forces. This is sometimes confused with Memorial Day which is observed in May in remembrance of those who gave their life in service.
Here are a few more facts to better understand the day –
- Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and marked the end of fighting in WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
- Since more wars followed (namely WWII & the Korean War) the US changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to include the men and women who served in wars after WWI.
- The holiday briefly swapped to the 4th Monday in October to try to capitalize on travel and holiday plans. The American public mostly refused that idea and kept celebrating their veterans on November 11th. This prompted a swap back to the original date.
- We share this day with many other countries who represented the Allied forces in WWI who also honor their veterans on November 11th.
John 15 tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend. We hope this serves as a reminder to all of us to thank any veterans in your life and maybe ask them to share their stories with you.