The History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the United States of America that is annually celebrated on the 11th of November.
On the 11th of November 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations became valid. Thus, the hostilities ended. As a result, since 1919, the signing of the armistice has been commemorated as Armistice Day. There were parades and patriotic meetings with red poppies put in display.
Despite the armistice, the war did not officially end. Only the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th of June in 1919 ceased World War I.
Who is Honored?
Firstly, the accent of Armistice Day was only on the veterans that took part in World War I. Nonetheless, all veterans that battled in foreign wars and secured freedom of the USA were also honored. Over time, after the conflicts during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the focus on the armistice in 1918 was lost. Thus, the name of the public holiday was changed to Veterans Day. So, since 1954, it has got its present name.
Veterans Day Nowadays
Today, Veterans Day is regarded as a holiday that honors both those who fought in a war and those who served in the US Armed Force. Do not confuse Veterans Day (honors the service of all the United States veterans) with Memorial Day (honors those who died while serving).
Since Veterans Day is a federal holiday, some workers and students in the US have a day off from work or school. A period of silence that lasts for two minutes may also be held at 11 o’clock in the morning. During the 11th of November, the US flag is put on display. Special ceremonies are also held in states all around the country. The ceremony is annually held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.