Happy Veteran's Day! Today is not just a day off from work or school, but it is so much more. Often, it is forgotten why we celebrate certain holidays.
Veteran's Day was declared a national holiday on November 11, 1918, then known as "Armistice Day" to honor World War I veterans. This holiday started at the close of World War I. After both World War II and the Korean War, many wanted the holiday to honor all veterans who have served for their country. On June 1, 1954, "Armistice Day" was renamed "Veteran's Day," still celebrated today.
Veteran's Day is often confused with Memorial Day, many believing they are ultimately a celebration of the same thing. Although they are similar, Veteran's Day is to honor those who have served, both deceased and alive. Memorial Day is a day to honor those fallen during battle.
It is important to remember that November 11 is not just a day off from work or school, but to honor those who have served for our country. Remember to thank our veterans, not only today but whenever possible!