Veterans Day which is also known by the name of “Armistice Day” is a federal holiday observed annually on November 11 in the entire United States. It is to honor the military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. It correlates with the other holidays such as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Veterans Day is almost totally different from Memorial Day which is a US Public holiday in May. Veterans Day is to pay respect to all the U.S military veterans, while Memorial Day is to pay tribute to the people who died while serving the military. Another holiday which is added to the United States holiday list is Armed Forces Day which honors the current military people serving the nation. See More Inspirational Veterans Day Quotes and Sayings
Veterans Day being a federal holiday is an off from school and work for many students and workers and when this day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the former Friday may be issued as an off, however, if it falls on a Sunday it is observed on the coming Monday.
This day is of the great importance and remembrance in the entire United States where all the government offices are closed while the mail delivery system is also off on this day. All the Federal workers are however paid for this holiday and those who are required to work on this holiday get extra pay for this day.
This day has a grandeur history attached to it when on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 armistice between Germany and Allied Nations came into force. Later in 1919, President Wilson manifested the day should be “filled with immense pride and honor for those who sacrificed their precious life for the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 officially changed the name of this holiday from Armistice Day to the Veterans Day. Earlier the celebrations were moved to the fourth Monday in October by the Uniform Holidays Bill passed by the Congress but later the law went into effect in 1971 and in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11.
Countries like Great Britain, Canada, France, and Australia also honor the veterans of World War I and World War II on near the same date. It is also common for these countries to observe a 2-minute silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
Some unknown facts state that around 17 million living veterans served during at least one war whereas 5 million veterans served in peacetime. And we all are glad to know that 2 million veterans were women. This shows us that women always and will hold a special place in the country’s growth, doesn’t matter which walks of life they come from. Development and growth of a nation are incomplete without the women participation even in a time like wars. History has a clear example of this.