We Salute our Veterans – I would like to take this time to honor and salute all the many men and women in our country who has severed to help keep our freedoms that we have in America. These men and women take time away from their lives, their family and more to serve the our country. Thanks for all that you have done to make sure that our freedoms stay in tact.
We Salute Our Veterans!
Facts about Veterans Day
- November 11, 1918, 97 years ago is when the final fighting stopped in the war to end all wars from World War I.1
- Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and Veterans Day share the same day for a holiday.2
- Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day by Eisenhower in 1954.1 & 2
- Veterans Day is a Federal Holiday.1
- The Birth of the United States Marine Corp (USMC) occurred November 10, 1775.1
Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, the anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1928, the United States Congress passed a resolution for Armistice Day to be an annual observation, and by 1938, the day became a national holiday.
- Differing from Memorial Day in May, Armistice Day, which would be renamed Veterans Day in 1954 under President Dwight Eisenhower, pays tribute to veterans who survived various wars. Memorial Day commemorates those veterans who lost their lives.
- Americans celebrate Veterans Day, while residents of Great Britain, Canada and Australia celebrate Remembrance Day. Those who want to learn more about Veterans Day can consider the following facts.
- According to the American Community Survey, there were 19.3 million military veterans in the United States in 2014. Of those, 1.6 million were female.
- California, Texas and Florida comprise the states with the largest number of veterans, equalling one million or more.
- Veterans consist of people who served in the military. This includes the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Veterans serve in times of war and peace.
- The word “veteran” comes from the Old English language and means “old, experienced soldier.” The first use of the word was documented in 1789.
- Although many veterans are working, and the average annual income of male veterans is $37,000, some veterans continue to be unemployed. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall unemployment rate for veterans rose to 7.6 percent in January 2013. The unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans or those who participated in the Gulf War reached 6.2 percent.
- Upon retiring or being discharged, veterans may need help acclimating to life outside the military. The Department of Veterans Affairs says about 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
- Between 1971 and 1977, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October. It was changed back to its original date, November 11, in 1975 when President Gerald Ford signed bill S.331 into law. The change went into effect beginning in 1978.
- An American soldier was buried at the national cemetery in Arlington on November 11, 1921. His identity was unknown, and the gravesite is known as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” A guard from the Society of the Honor Guard stands watch over the grave each year on Veterans Day, and the president or another high-ranking member of the government places a wreath on the grave.
- Veterans Day occurs each year on November 11, marking the end of World War I. The day has evolved into a celebration and remembrance of the heroism of America’s brave soldiers.
Ways to Show Your Support for Veterans
- If you know of a Veteran tell him or her thank you.
- Greenlight a Veteran
- Mention it on Social Media
- Blog about Veterans Day
- Visit a VA Hospital and tell the men and women thank you for your service.
- Volunteer at other activities that honor veterans
- Pay for a service person or veteran’s meal at a restaurant
- Attend a military parade with your family and explain the significance of the day to children in attendance.
- Draft letters and send care packages to soldiers currently in service far away from home.
- Ask your company if Veterans Day or Remembrance Day can be an observed holiday at your place of business each year to pay homage to servicemen and women.
- Visit a military memorial in a city near you. Your town also may have its own memorial.
- Petition town officials to erect a memorial if your town does not already have one. Such memorials can be a source of inspiration for your community.
- Support a military family in your town who may be missing a loved one stationed elsewhere. Make meals, mow the lawn, help with grocery shopping, or simply provide emotional support.
- Volunteer time at a veterans’ hospital. You may be able to read with veterans or engage in other activities.
- Get involved with a military support charity that can provide much-needed funds to struggling families or disabled veterans.
- Have children speak with veterans in your family, including grandparents, uncles and aunts or even their own parents. It can help them gain perspective on the important roles the military plays.
- Ask a veteran to give a commencement speech at a school or to be the guest of honor at a special function.
- Drive disabled veterans to doctors’ appointments or to run any errands.
- Support a local VFW organization.
- Create a scrapbook for a veteran in your life.
- Cheer for or thank military personnel each time you see them.
- Visit the veterans’ portion of a nearby cemetery and place poppies or other flowers on the graves.
- Always keep the military on your mind and never forget those who have served and didn’t return home.
- Even More Military Appreciation tips
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!
If I see a person with a veteran hat on when I am out and about I will go up to them and personally thank them for their service to our country. I do the same thing to police officers and firemen, etc. I encourage you to do the same. Maybe take the time and listen to them. Sometimes they will tell you a story about when they served our country.
My porch has been lit green for almost one year now in 2016.